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Museum Notes

SMMP MEETINGS

The Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) will hold two meetings this fall, the first at the Denver Mart Expo Hall during the Denver Gem and Mineral Show (15–17 September), and the second at the Munich Trade Fair Centre during the Munich Show (27–29 October).

Group photo taken at the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals at its February meeting during the 2017 Tucson Show.

Group photo taken at the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals at its February meeting during the 2017 Tucson Show. Photo by Michael Leybov, courtesy Gail Copus Spann.

Above is a photo of those attending the SMMP meeting held during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® this past February.

IT'S A PARTY

Don't forget the annual reception/open house at the Geology Museum of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden coming up the evening of 13 September, just before the Denver Show. Museum Director Bruce Geller provides details for this popular event in the Letters column (p. 313) in this issue.

PRIZE-WINNERS

Two museums walked away with top awards for their displays at this year's Tucson Show. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh, was awarded the show's Betty and Clayton Gibson Memorial Award for Best Museum Exhibit. The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C., received the Friends of Mineralogy Award for Best Educational Exhibit by an Institution. Interestingly, both exhibits had minerals of the Tri-State district as their theme.

The award-winning Carnegie Museum of Natural History's exhibit at the 2017 Tucson Show.

The award-winning Carnegie Museum of Natural History's exhibit at the 2017 Tucson Show.

The award-winning Smithsonian Institution's exhibit at the 2017 Tucson Show.

The award-winning Smithsonian Institution's exhibit at the 2017 Tucson Show.

STORY BEHIND THE POSTER

It's not every museum that gets singled out to have one of its specimens on the poster of the world's largest gem and mineral show. This year that honor went to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, when the Tucson show committee selected one of its copper specimens to represent the Minerals of the Midwest show theme. Pictured on the poster is a 13-cm copper crystal group from the Phoenix mine in Keweenaw County, Michigan. The specimen photo was taken by John Jaszczak, adjunct curator at the museum, and Chris Stefano, associate curator. The background photo of the Phoenix mine came from Michigan Tech's Archives and Copper Country Historical Collection. The specimen was prominently displayed at the show.

The 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® poster.

The 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® poster. Photo courtesy Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.

COLOR SPONSOR for the Museum Notes column for 2017 is Laura Delano of LLD Productions, Inc.

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