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Educational Award

At the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Society (TGMS) Show, the Friends of Mineralogy (FM) recognizes exhibits that help explain some aspect of mineralogy. These educational-case awards are in addition to the best article in Rocks & Minerals and other periodicals. To be considered for an award, an exhibit must have some special instructive feature as well as maintain an aesthetically pleasing display, concurrent with the high standards of TGMS. Two certificates are awarded: one for private exhibitors and one for museums. The winners are honored at the Saturday night TGMS banquet. Permanent plaques with the winner's names are featured in the FM display case during the show every year.

Recognized at the 2009 Tucson Show were the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for its exhibit on oddities of the mineral world and Stretch and Lynn Young for their exhibit on pseudomorphs.

Julian C. Gray
Friends of Mineralogy
Cartersville, Georgia

The Folch Collection

We were very pleased to see the article on the Joaquín Folch mineral collection in the November/December issue of Rocks & Minerals (pages 530–542). The article honored the memory of Sr. Folch and was greatly appreciated by the family. The minerals that brought him so much pleasure for so many years during his lifetime are now bringing us, his descendants, pleasure.

We are enclosing a few additional photographs of specimens to share with your readers. They were taken by Joan Rosell and kindly provided by Jordi Fabre. We trust everyone will enjoy them.

Joaquín Folch-Rusiñol Corachán
Barcelona,  Spain

Caption: Copper, 11 cm and 13 cm, from Upper Michigan.

Caption: Copper, 11 cm and 13 cm, from Upper Michigan.

Caption: Silver, 14 cm, from Upper Michigan.

Caption: Silver, 14 cm, from Upper Michigan.

Caption: Silver, 14 cm, from the Kongsberg mines, Norway.

Caption: Silver, 14 cm, from the Kongsberg mines, Norway.

Caption: Wulfenite, 6 cm on edge, from the Red Cloud mine, La Paz County, Arizona.

Caption: Wulfenite, 6 cm on edge, from the Red Cloud mine, La Paz County, Arizona.

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