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Museum Notes

SMMP AT TUCSON

The Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) will hold its next board and general membership meetings in conjunction with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February. As always, the group will also put together a special display that follows the theme of the show.

SPECIAL MUSEUM EVENTS IN TUCSON

As mentioned in this issue's Chips from the Quarry column (see page 7), the University of Arizona's Mineral Museum (www.uamineralmuseum.org) and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum(www.desertmuseum.org) will each be hosting events to attract visitors in town for the Tucson Show. For details about the museums, please see their websites (noted above).

MINERALOGY AND MUSEUMS CONFERENCE

The seventh International Mineralogy and Museums Conference (M&M7) was held this past 27–29 August in Dresden, Germany. Organized by the International Mineralogical Association's Commission on Museums, the event drew 120 delegates from around the world and featured forty-four presentations and forty-seven posters. The conference was divided into four sessions: Museums and Research, Museums and History, Museums and Collection Management, and Museums and Society; each had a keynote speaker. In addition to the conference itself, there were both pre- and postconference trips throughout Germany with visits to several museums and stops in the field.

Caption: The official photo of those who attended the M&M7 Conference in Dresden, Germany.

Conferences are held every four years. The host city for M&M8 has not yet been announced.

MUSEUM COHOSTS FAIR

The Stephen Hui Geological Museum, in Hong Kong, is collaborating with the Mineralogical Society of Hong Kong to hold the seventh Hong Kong Mineral Fair, 27–28 April, on the campus of the University of Hong Kong. The event features talks, activities, dealers, and the unveiling of a special mineral exhibition that will run for three months.

Caption: Young students enthralled with the mineral exhibits at the Stephen Hui Geological Museum in Hong Kong.

The museum opened its doors to the public in January 2009 and is the only such museum in the area. Located on the main campus of the University of Hong Kong, it is part of the Department of Earth Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences. Its establishment was made possible by a generous donation from the late Dr. Stephen Sze Fun Hui, a mining engineer/geologist, mineral collector, and philanthropist, and the continuing support of his family. Occupying an area about 500 meters square, across two floors, the permanent exhibitions include four major galleries: Dynamic Earth, Earth Evolution, Earth Material, and Geological History of Hong Kong. The core of the Earth Material Gallery is the comprehensive private collection donated by Hui and showcasing 950 mineral specimens and 300 rock specimens; 350 fossils are displayed in the Earth Evolution Gallery. Future plans call for welcoming temporary exhibitions on a regular basis. Admission is free. For more information on the museum, go to www.earthsciences.hku.hk/shmuseum/; for details on the mineral fair, see www.minsochk.org.

FAMILY FESTIVAL

On 29 September the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C., presented Rock On! A Family Festival on Rocks and Minerals, an educational event about geology cosponsored by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. The day was filled with hands-on activities and demonstrations led by museum scientists and specialists: geode cracking, fluorescing minerals, flint knapping, and erupting volcanoes, to name a few. There were also giveaways—geology postcards, specimens, and geology helmets.

Rocks & Minerals welcomes museum news items and photographs for this column. Correspondence should be sent to Marie Huizing, 5341 Thrasher Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45247; rocksandminerals@fuse.net.

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