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SMMP MEETINGS

As every year, the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) held its board and general meetings at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February. Shown here are those in attendance. The group's next meeting will be in conjunction with the Denver Gem and Mineral Show, 14–16 September.

Members of SMMP at its annual meeting at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

Members of SMMP at its annual meeting at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations are due to the L.A. County Museum of Natural History for winning the National Friends of Mineralogy Award for Best Educational Exhibit by an Institution at this year's February Tucson Show. The show committee awarded the Betty and Clayton Gibson Memorial Trophy for Best Museum Exhibit at the show to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, in Houghton, Michigan.

The exhibit put in the 2018 Tucson Show by the L.A. County Museum of Natural History, recipient of the Friends of Mineralogy's Best Educational Exhibit by an Institution Award.

The exhibit put in the 2018 Tucson Show by the L.A. County Museum of Natural History, recipient of the Friends of Mineralogy's Best Educational Exhibit by an Institution Award.

The exhibit put in the 2018 Tucson Show by the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, recipient of the show's Betty and Clayton Gibson Memorial Trophy for Best Museum Exhibit.

The exhibit put in the 2018 Tucson Show by the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, recipient of the show's Betty and Clayton Gibson Memorial Trophy for Best Museum Exhibit.

NEW AT TELLUS

In January of this year Ryan O. Roney was appointed as the new curator at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Roney is a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) where he previously earned his master's degree in geology. In addition, he has bachelor's degrees in geology and Spanish from Georgia Southwestern State University and the University of West Georgia, respectively. His desire to work in the museum profession dates back to when he volunteered at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on the campus of UTK. Roney has done paleontological field work in Chile and Argentina and mineralogical research on vapor phase minerals from Topaz Mountain in Juab County, Utah. His responsibilities at Tellus include overseeing the museum's mineralogical, paleontological, and meteoritic collection.

Ryan O. Roney, now at Tellus Science Museum.

Ryan O. Roney, now at Tellus Science Museum.

TOURMALINE TREASURES

Now attracting visitors to the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals in the Houston Museum of Natural Science is an intimate “jewel-box” exhibition of the world's finest naturally crystallized tourmalines. Tourmaline Treasures is organized around the “Rose of Itatiaia” tourmaline from the Jonas mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. This special tourmaline is the highlight and centerpiece of the exhibition. Other masterpiece specimens come from such famous tourmaline localities as the Tourmaline Queen mine in California; the Paprok region in Nuristan, Afghanistan; Mt. Mica in Maine; the Stewart mine in San Diego County, California; the Anjanabonoina region in Madagascar; the Pedeneira mine in Brazil; the Malkhan mine in Russia; and the Alto Lligonha region of Mozambique, among others. The exhibition continues until early September.

The “Rose of Itatiaia” tourmaline, currently on display in Houston, on loan from Qatar Museums, Doha, Qatar.

The “Rose of Itatiaia” tourmaline, currently on display in Houston, on loan from Qatar Museums, Doha, Qatar.

AT THE FALLS

The Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana, will be celebrating Earth's history with its twenty-fourth annual festival on 25 August. Digging the Past, this year's theme, will be carried out with hikes on the fossil beds, fresh collecting piles with Waldron Shale, Devonian materials from local quarries, minerals, hands-on activities in geology and archaeology, and participation by the Indiana Geological Survey. As always, attractions are planned to engage the entire family.

The Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center in Clarksville, Indiana

The Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center in Clarksville, Indiana.

M.E.H.

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.

COLOR SPONSOR for the Museum Notes column for 2018 is Laura Delano of LLD Productions, Inc.

 

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