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Volume 11, #2                       August 27, 2008

SMMP Meetings
Tentative Denver Agenda
President's Message
SMMP List Server
Meeting Minutes
SMMP Affiliations
M&M6 Meeting
Best Practices Project
SMMP Europe meeting
Tracking Dues

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Board of Directors

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

Past Pres. & Newsletter Ed.
Anthony R. Kampf
Natural History Museum
Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90007, USA

Vice President
Jamie Newman
Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th St.
New York, NY 10024

Jean F. DeMouthe
California Academy of Science
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Anna M. Domitrovic
6118 W. Lazy Heart Street
Tucson, AZ 85713

Bruce Geller
Colorado School of Mines

13th and Maple St.
Golden, CO  80401

Terri Ottaway
Gemological Institute of America
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Jeffery E. Post
Dept. of Mineral Sciences, MRC-119
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560

Penny Williamson
School of Geosciences
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522 Australia



Date: Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Place: Denver Merchandise Mart
Board Meeting: 1:30 - 2:00 PM
Membership Meeting: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Exhibit: Odd, rare, and unusual specimens from Colorado
Please notify Jean DeMouthe if you have specimens for our exhibit.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of the Tucson Meeting Minutes
  4. Treasurers Report
  5. Membership Report
  6. Collections/Curators Committee Report
  7. Education Comm. Denver exhibit, Tucson exhibit & program
  8. Best Practices Project
  9. New Business

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The Denver Show will be a bit busier than usual this year with the 6th International Conference on Mineralogy and Museums (M&M6) fronting the show. It should be an exciting opportunity to meet and confer with our colleagues from around the world. The program is packed with a diverse array of presentations and posters that curators will find useful in their own facilities and research. This is the first time the meeting has been hosted in the United States, so even if you are not participating in the program, you have a unique opportunity to participate in an international meeting devoted to museums. SMMP is hosting the poster session reception on Monday night of the meeting. Be sure to stop by and enjoy some refreshments, finger foods, and collegiality. The fabulous Denver Show follows on the heels of the M&M6 meeting. The overlap allows us to catch the very beginnings of the retail show, something I usually cannot attend because of financial restrictions.

I'd like to call your attention to a couple of things prior to your departure to Denver. First, be sure to participate in our display this year. The topic is Odd, rare, and unusual specimens from Colorado, please look through your collections for something to contribute. Our displays always receive excellent reviews and Jean DeMouthe (and occasional surrogates) puts significant effort into the display. Don't make her job more difficult by making her prompt the membership to contribute. Secondly, please review the minutes from the Tucson Meeting prior to the Denver Show. We had a miscommunication and the minutes as posted were reconstituted from notes and memory. If you have any corrections/suggestions, send them on to me. Last, we sure could use a volunteer to address a new (number 3 in the series) Best Practices contribution. Let's keep the ball rolling ladies and gentlemen. By the way, we had no applications for the SMMP Research Study Grants this year. Maybe next year...

Looking forward to seeing you all in Denver.

Virgil W. Lueth, President

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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 can 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 be able to send via the list server by using 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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Click on the link below to go to the minutes:

February 2008

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SMMP Affiliations

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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6th International Conference on Mineralogy and Museums

Over the last 19 years, Mineralogy & Museums meetings have provided the opportunity for persons with interests in mineral collections, particularly museum staff members, to stay abreast of the latest developments in the areas of communications, exhibitions, computerization of collections, history of collections, and other pertinent topics.  The M&M6 Conference will address the areas of growth since the last conference, as well as new developments in mineral museums. The first conference took place in London in 1988, followed by Toronto in 1992, Budapest in 1996, Melbourne in 2000, and Paris in 2004. 

SMMP is sponsoring the poster session reception at the meeting Monday evening, September 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information:

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Best Practices Project

The final versions of our first two "best practices" reports are now available on the SMMP website:

Research Sampling of Collections

Moving Specimens

We are looking for suggestions for report number 3. Please submit your ideas to the board at the Denver meeting or contact Virgil Lueth.

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Meeting Announcements

The Annual Meeting of SMMP Europe
Friday 31
st October, 17:00 -18:00

Room A51, Hall 5 of the Munich International Mineral Show 2008

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Tracking Dues

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. In Europe, dues can be remitted to Peter Davidson, National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, SCOTLAND.

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.

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