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The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® Treasures of the Midwest Displays, Part 1

One of the highlights of The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® is the display exhibits. Some of the top museums and private collectors have specimens of their collection publicly featured in display cases throughout the show floor. The cases are meticulously planned, and often have good descriptions.

Every year, the show board chooses a special "theme." Many of the displays are related to theme, bringing additional interest and variety each year to the show. This year's theme was "Mineral Treasures of the Midwest," featuring top mineral specimens from a broad definition of the Midwestern United States. As there were many good within the theme, we will divide the themed displays into three separate posts.
 
Upper Mississippi Valley Mineral Oddities Yale Peabody Museum
Upper Mississippi Valley Mineral Oddities
Yale Peabody Museum

Treasures of the Midwest Sue and Stan Celestian
Treasures of the Midwest
Sue and Stan Celestian

The Rush Creek, Arkansas Zinc District George and Cindy Witters
The Rush Creek, Arkansas Zinc District
George and Cindy Witters

Treasures of the Midwestern United States Al and Sue Liebetrau
Treasures of the Midwestern United States
Al and Sue Liebetrau

A Selection of Midwestern Calcites William B. Wray
A Selection of Midwestern Calcites
William B. Wray

Midwestern Calcites and Other Minerals Dan & Diana Weinreich
Midwestern Calcites and Other Minerals
Dan & Diana Weinreich

Calcites from the Picher Field, Oklahoma
Calcites from the Picher Field, Oklahoma

Midwest Calcite Phil Richardson
Midwest Calcite
Phil Richardson

Midwest Calcites St. Louis Mineral & Gem Society Melissa Perucca
Midwest Calcites
St. Louis Mineral & Gem Society | Melissa Perucca

Calcite from Midwest Localities Chuck Houser
Calcite from Midwest Localities
Chuck Houser

Midwestern Minerals
Midwestern Minerals

Midwestern Minerals Edward Terri and Eddie Lopez
Midwestern Minerals
Edward Terri and Eddie Lopez

Mineral Treasures of the Midwestern USA Bob Schreiber and Charlie Sahlman
Mineral Treasures of the Midwestern USA
Bob Schreiber and Charlie Sahlman

Best of Theme of Midwest Minerals
Best of Theme of Midwest Minerals

General Midwestern Minerals
General Midwestern Minerals

Minerals of the Midwest Flagg Mineral Foundation
Minerals of the Midwest
Flagg Mineral Foundation

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® Treasures of the Midwest Displays, Part 2

This post continues with the special exhibit displays of the Tucson show. Listed here are additional pictures of the cases from the "Treasures of the Midwest" theme.


Midwest Pyrite Phil Richardson
Midwest Pyrite
Phil Richardson

Midwest Galena Phil Richardson
Midwest Galena
Phil Richardson

Friends of Mineralogy Midwest Chapter, Member Collected Specimens
Friends of Mineralogy Midwest Chapter, Member Collected Specimens
Friends of Mineralogy Midwest Chapter

Midwest Calcites, Fluorites, and Sphalerite Raymond M. Thompson
Midwest Calcites, Fluorites, and Sphalerites
Raymond M. Thompson

Unexpected Specimens from the American Midwest Society of Mineral Museum Professionals SMMP
Unexpected Specimens from the American Midwest
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP)

Mineral Treasures of the Midwest Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum
Mineral Treasures of the Midwest
Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum

Midnight Constellations - Stars of the Midwest Tellus Museum
Midnight Constellations - Stars of the Midwest
Tellus Museum

>How the Midwest was Won Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
How the Midwest was Won
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Geode Minerals from the American Midwest Cincinnati Museum Center
Geode Minerals from the American Midwest
Cincinnati Museum Center

Minerals of the American Midwest American Museum of Natural History
Minerals of the American Midwest
American Museum of Natural History

Minerals of the Soudan Mine, Soudan, Minnesota Donald K. Olson
Minerals of the Soudan Mine, Soudan, Minnesota
Donald K. Olson

Two Great Minerals of the Lake Superior Region A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Two Great Minerals of the Lake Superior Region
A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Minerals from Clay Center, Ohio Donald K. Olson
Minerals from Clay Center, Ohio
Donald K. Olson

Minerals from the Copper Country of Michigan's Upper Peninsula Donald and Gloria Olson
Minerals from the Copper Country of Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Donald and Gloria Olson

Mineral Treasures of the Midwest
Mineral Treasures of the Midwest

Minerals from the Montreal Mine, Wisconsin
Minerals from the Montreal Mine, Wisconsin

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® Treasures of the Midwest Displays, Part 3

This is the final of three posts on the special exhibit displays of the Tucson show. There is no specific order of these posts; they are in the same order as they were photographed at the show. The next post will include some of the individual minerals of this year's theme.


Minerals from the Tri-State District (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma) Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Minerals from the Tri-State District (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma)
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

A Selection of Midwestern Minerals The Harvard Collection
A Selection of Midwestern Minerals
The Harvard Collection

The Midwest USA Meets the Mid (and the West) UK The British Natural History Museum
The Midwest USA Meets the Mid (and the West) UK
The British Natural History Museum

Native Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan National Museum of Scotland - Davis Burgess Collection
Native Copper from the Keeweenaw Peninsula of Michigan
National Museum of Scotland - Davis Burgess Collection

Minerals of the Illinois and Wisconsin Lead Zinc District
Minerals of the Illinois and Wisconsin Lead Zinc District

Midwest Giants Barite Calcite Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Midwest Giants - Barite and Calcite
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Minerals of the Midwest<br><i>New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources - Mineral Museum
Minerals of the Midwest
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources - Mineral Museum

Minerals of the Canadian Midwest ROM - Royal Ontario Museum
Minerals of the Canadian Midwest
ROM - Royal Ontario Museum

Minerals from the Fluorspar Mines of Southern Illinois Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology, San Juan College
Minerals from the Fluorspar Mines of Southern Illinois
Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology, San Juan College

Midwestern Stony Iron Meteorite Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
Midwestern Stony Iron Meteorite
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

Two Great Minerals of the Lake Superior Region A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Upper Mississippi Valley Lead & Zinc Distric (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin)
Steve Bussan

Fluorite and Other Minerals from Southern IllinoisThe Carlon Collection
Fluorite and Other Minerals from Southern Illinois
The Carlon Collection

Quartz from the Zigras Mine, Blue Springs, Arkansas
Quartz from the Zigras Mine, Blue Springs, Arkansas

Midwest Minerals<br><i>Arizona Mineral Minions
Midwest Minerals
Arizona Mineral Minions

Minerals from the Tri-State Lead/Zinc District
Minerals from the Tri-State Lead/Zinc District
George and Cindy Withers

Minerals from the Tri-State District Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Minerals from the Tri-State District
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Sphalerite from the Midwest
Sphalerite from the Midwest

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® Opening Ceremonies and Scenes

We are once again happy to provide detailed show reports of this year's Tucson Gem & Mineral Show┬«. This show is the main attraction of the multi-week Tucson mineral events. It brings together mineral enthusiasts from around the world to see the exhibits as well as the best and newest material from a multitude of dealers. Our coverage includes the opening show scenes, exhibit display cases, individual minerals on display, and dealer minerals. We will divide these into several posts starting with the opening scenes. 

This year's show took place from Thursday, February 9, though Sunday, February 12. On Thursday morning, the show began with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the mayor of Tucson and a representative of the governor's office.


Introductory Remarks by Dr. Peter Megaw, Special & Guest Exhibits Chair of TGMS
Introductory Remarks by Dr. Peter Megaw, Special & Guest Exhibits Chair of TGMS

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Left to Right:
Mark Marikos, President of TGMS
Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of City of Tucson
Ms. Becky Freeman, Deputy Director of the Governor of Arizona
Patricia McClain, Executive Manager of TGMS

Jonathan Rothschild and Ms. Becky Freeman Holding the Minerals Treasures of the Midwest Show Posters
Jonathan Rothschild and Ms. Becky Freeman With Minerals Treasures of the Midwest Show Posters

Show Staff and VIP's at the Completion of the Opening Ceremony
Show Staff and VIP's at the Completion of the Opening Ceremony

Maria Powell, host of Bienvenidos a su Casa, interviewing guest exhibitor Gene Meieran
Maria Powell, host of Bienvenidos a su Casa, interviewing guest exhibitor Gene Meieran

Woolly Mammoth Mother and Baby Replica in the Upstairs Show Hallway
Woolly Mammoth Mother and Baby Replica in the Upstairs Show Hallway

The Tucson 22nd Street Show

The 22nd Street show is set up in a giant tent on the east side of Interstate 10. This show grows every year, and now features hundreds of dealers. It is in the vicinity of a cluster of other shows which are on the other side of the highway, and offers free parking. This show has all types of booths, including jewelry, fossil, mineral, and bead dealers. I always find some good hidden deals at this show for my own collection. Below are some photos from the 22nd Street Show.
   
Giant Dinosaur Skull (I think a T-Rex)
Giant Dinosaur Skull (I think a T-Rex)

Dinosaur Fossil Exhibit Of One Dinosaur Eating Another One
Dinosaur Fossil Exhibit Of One Dinosaur Eating Another One

New Find of Emeralds from Guji Zone, Ethiopia
New Find of Emeralds from Guji Zone, Ethiopia
J.I. Eureka GTE

22nd St. Show Scene
22nd St. Show Scene

Aquamarines from Dwayne Hall's Finds on Mt. White, Colorado
Aquamarines from Dwayne Hall's Finds on Mt. White, Colorado

Single Gemmy Aquamarines Crystal from Mt. White, Colorado
Single Gemmy Aquamarines Crystal from Mt. White, Colorado

Dwayne Hall of the Prospectors in Front of his Booth at the Show
Dwayne Hall of the Prospectors in Front of his Booth at the Show

More 22nd Street Show Scenes
More 22nd Street Show Scenes