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July-August 2015

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TUCSON WINNERS

We are pleased to present the two winning entries in the photo competition held this past February in conjunction with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. Their names were announced and their photos shown at the show's Saturday night awards banquet. John Jaszczak won in the macrospecimen category and Matteo Chinelatto in the microspecimen category.

Copper, 2 cm high, from the Quincy mine, Hancock, Michigan, by John Jaszczak, won first place in the macromineral category of the 2015 photo competition with this photo of a Robert Rann specimen.

Smithsonite, 4.87 mm, from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, by Matteo Chinelatto, won first place in the micromineral category with this photo of his own specimen.

GOLDEN INVITATION

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (CSMGM), in Golden, Colorado, invites all those in town for the Denver Gem and Mineral Show (18–20 September) to attend our annual open house on 16 September 2015, 6–9 P.M., the Wednesday evening preceding the show (whose theme is Minerals of the American Southwest). Come enjoy our displays and visit with our Museum Advisory Council members, student aides, volunteers, and Friends of the CSMGM, and also browse our expanded gift shop. Again this year we are encouraging mineral dealers, corporations, and interested individuals to help sponsor the event, for which they will receive special recognition in return for their kindness. (Please phone for details.)

Every year we strive to change 20 percent of our exhibits to make our museum more exciting for returning guests. As of this writing (early March), we have firm commitments from Kerith Graeber, who has graciously offered to loan us her “Mexican Favorites” display, and from the Dorris family, who will loan specimens from the Richard Strecker collection, which they maintain. Other tentative plans include displays of faceted gemstones by distinguished Colorado cutters, telluride minerals, and recent acquisitions, as well as improved ultraviolet, fossil, micromount, and educational displays, plus other surprises—such as the completion of our LED conversion throughout the entire museum.

As always, our gala offers free appetizers, a cash bar, and possibly another soothing performance by the harmonious Colorado School of Mines String Quartet. We hope to see you there.       

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