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UA is given $7M mineral collection

For those of you who plan to visit the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show this year or in upcoming years, the following article from today's Arizona Daily Star ought to be of interest to you:

UA is given $7M mineral collection

http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/211964

A few excerpts from the article:

"A $7 million private collection of hundreds of rare mineral specimens has been donated to the UA's Science Center, and some of the most striking pieces will be publicly unveiled during a special February exhibit.
The gift from the late Hubert Charles de Monmonier, announced Thursday, adds to the university's Mineral Museum and makes the UA's collection among the best in the country."

"The collection contains 871 mineral specimens, including more than 70 gold pieces.
One is among the largest found during the 1849 California gold rush, a dinner-plate-sized specimen discovered at the Jamestown mines. Despite the comprehensive collection, de Monmonier was relatively unknown in the mineral world. He lived most of his life in Los Angeles but developed a fascination with minerals as a boy when he found a box beneath his grandparents' porch in Pearce, about 80 miles east of Tucson."

"A special exhibit featuring pieces from the de Monmonier collection is being organized for February, to coincide with Tucson's gem show. The collection will be a centerpiece of the UA's Downtown Science Center, which is expected to begin construction by fall 2008 and open in 2011. The UA's mineral collection dates to 1892, and the Mineral Museum was officially recognized in 1919. With the de Monmonier collection, the museum has accumulated about 18,000 mineral specimens, plus 7,000 in a micromount collection."

From Jerry Ferrin - November 16, 2007 at 18:38:26

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