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Volume 20, #2                       September 6, 2017

SMMP Meetings
Denver Agenda
President's Message
Meeting Minutes
Upcoming Meetings
Best Practices Project
Grant Program
SMMP Affiliations
SMMP List Server
Paying Dues

Board of Directors

Katherine Dunnell
Mineralogy Department
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada

Past President
Penny Williamson
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522, Australia

Vice President
Eloise Gaillou
Musee de Mineralogie
Ecoles des Mines de Paris
60 Boulevard St. Michel
75272 Paris, France

Jean F. DeMouthe

California Academy of Science
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

Anna M. Domitrovic

6118 W. Lazy Heart Street
Tucson, AZ 85713, USA

Board Members:

Raquel Alonzo-Perez
Harvard Mineralogical Museum
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Alan Hart
21 Ely Place
London EC1N 6TD, England

Virgil W. Lueth
New Mexico Bureau of Mines
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801, USA

Mike Rumsey
Dept. of Earth Sciences
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London EC1N 6TD, England, UK


Anthony R. Kampf
Natural History Museum
of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA


Date: Friday, September 15, 2017

Place: Denver Merchandise Mart (Aisle H, lecture room)

Board Meeting: 2:00 - 2:30 PM

Membership Meeting: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Denver Exhibit: "Un-precious Metals"
Please contact Jean DeMouthe if you are planning to participate in our society exhibit at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show.

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  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of the Tucson Meeting Minutes
  4. Treasurer's Report
  5. Membership Report
  6. Collections/Curators Committee Report
  7. Education Committee - Denver exhibit; Tucson program and case
  8. SMMP Grant Program Report
  9. Best Practices Initiative
  10. New Business

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Greetings to all and I am hoping each of you had a productive and enjoyable summer.  As I gather information for my first newsletter as president, I am in awe at the amount of moving parts of SMMP and am thankful to those who have reached out to guide me through the first six months of my tenure. I would like to especially thank my VP, Eloise Gallou, Mike Rumsey and Peter Davidson who have been incredibly active in Europe to engage new mineral curators to this group and increase visibility at what SMMP does to our European colleagues. 

SMMP Europe has had a successful second meeting in Ste Marie aux Mines, June 23rd, 2017 and special thanks to all who attended and took minutes which can be found on the SMMP website (follow link below). Looking forward, the Munich show is coming up (Oct 27th to 29th) and there have been some conversations with the organizer to promote SMMP at the main show and make us more visible. This will be an agenda item for the SMMP Munich meeting, which will be held Thursday, October 26th, Room TBD.  More information and a formal agenda will be forthcoming via the listserv.

Jean and her team have come up with an interesting topic of "Un-precious Metals" for the Denver display this year.  This is also the time of the year to consider Tucson’s theme of "Crystal and Crystal Forms" and urge all brilliant ideas for the SMMP case in Tucson, 2018 be forwarded to Jean for consideration. SMMP Tucson case will be an agenda item for discussion at the SMMP Denver meeting which Virgil will be chairing in my absence. 

Colorado Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy along with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has organised an extra event in our Denver calendar, with a VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, on Thursday Sept 14th from about 6 to 8 pm. Please refer to Tony’s post on the listserv and those going to Denver should take the opportunity to visit. 

Communication is vital to this organization and I am thrilled the listserv issues have been resolved. Many thanks to the hard work of our webmaster Tony Kampf for doggedly working out the bugs with his team at LA County. To increase communication to different audiences, SMMP has been active on Facebook with Sarah Christiansen, Eloise Gallou, and myself moderating posts and posting lectures and activities. Our Facebook page aims to increase visibility and push visitor ship back to the SMMP website so I urge you to let us know if you are speaking at a mineral show, or have an event coming up.  This venue promotes the work we do in museums, and is of interest to colleagues and to outside parties.

Looking ahead, SMMP will be having some collective discussions around Mineral and Museums conference and how we could get involved and help facilitate these vital meetings with IMA-Museums.  This will be an agenda item for the SMMP Munich meeting as there will be representatives from IMA present.  I look to Tucson to have a more fulsome discussion of where we are and look for input from you all on how to proceed.

On a more social note, SMMP will be organizing a social night on the Tuesday before the main show (Feb 6th, 2018). It will give newcomers to the group and those who feel Tucson is so hectic, some face time to get to know people in less formal environment. Details will be forthcoming. 

For those who are traveling to Denver and Munich, safe travels and I look forward to connecting with you all in Tucson.


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February 2017

June 2017

Click on the links above to view the minutes.

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2017 Munich SMMP Meeting
Thursay, October 26, 2017
Time and room TBD
Mineralworld Munich

2018 Tucson SMMP Meetings
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Board Meeting: 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Membership Meeting: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Program: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
TGMS Gem & Mineral Show

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The first "best practices" documents about research sampling of collections are posted on the SMMP website:

BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 1: Research Sampling of Collections


We are looking for more in the series - please submit your idea to the board at the Denver meeting or contact Virgil Lueth (

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The SMMP Grant Program Awards are to support curatorial research and methodologies that address one or more of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) mission statement goals: 1) foster recognition of mineral science collections as essential scientific, educational and cultural resources, 2) promote support for growth, maintenance and use of collections and exhibits and, 3) advance museum practice through cooperation in the development, review and dissemination of information. Amounts vary up to a maximum of $1000 per grant. Grant awards determined by SMMP Board of Directors. Grant applications are available on request. Applications are due August 1st and award notification on October 1st. Guidelines are available on our website:

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American Geological Institute (AGI)

Natural Science Collections Alliance NSCA)

Although the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals maintains no official ties with the Commission on Museums (CM) of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), the Commission resolved at its December, 2000, meeting in Melbourne, Australia, to support SMMP's efforts in uniting mineral museum professionals worldwide.

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You are encouraged to interact with your fellow SMMP members via our list server:

Please remember that when you reply to an email sent via our list server, you will be replying to the sender, although you have the option of copying the membership.

Tony Kampf processes additions to and deletions from the list server. That way we limit the list to our membership and if a member decides that they want to be dropped from the list, Tony will know whether to send them the SMMP Newsletter by snail mail. Note that you are only able to send via the list server from your email address that is on the list server. This should be the same one that is used in our on-line roster.

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SMMP dues are $10.00 U.S., payable to Anna Domitrovic, treasurer, 6118 W. Lazy Heart Street, Tucson, AZ 85713. Any directory changes or additions should be sent to Tony Kampf.

To make paying your dues easier (especially for non-US members), a PayPal account has been established and installed on our website. You can use your credit card or your own personal PayPal account. Just go to our Dues webpage.

Note that you can check your dues payment status on the SMMP on-line roster. The year shown in the last column indicates the last year for which you have paid. If you are delinquent, please remit your dues payment as soon as possible.

Handing your business card with your dues helps the process of keeping track when you pay by cash at a meeting.

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