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2014 Symposium
(40th Annual Symposium)

October 10-12, 2014

This year's annual symposium is scheduled for October 10-12 and once again will be held at the Red Lion Motel at Kelso, WA.

This year's Symposium theme has been selected as "Minerals of Colorado".

We have confirmed renowned and excellent speakers:

  • Mark Jacobson is a retired geophysicist for Chevron Corporation and is currently president of the Colorado Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy.  Since his high school days on Long Island, he has been interested in pegmatite mineralogy and geology and holds degrees in mineralogy and geology from Penn State and UC-Berkeley, respectively.  In 1993, he authored the book, Antero Aquamarines, and has written many articles for various mineralogical magazines.
  • Ed Raines is a geologist, mineralogist, and mining historian.  He presently serves as Collections Manager for the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.  He is currently president of the Mining History Association, and is active in organizing their annual conferences.  He is a past president of the Colorado Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy, and has written numerous papers on the geology, mineralogy, and mining history of many Colorado mining districts.
  • Dan Kile and his wife Dianne have been collecting minerals for more than 42 years.  He has an interest in the topographical mineralogy of Colorado, the mineralogy and geological formation of noteworthy occurrences, and historical optical mineralogy, and has authored numerous articles in magazines and professional journals.  He is presently Scientist Emeritus with the U.S. Geological Survey and Adjunct Faculty at the Hooke College of Applied Sciences in Illinois.
  • Don Earnest received his geology degree from The Ohio State University in 1973 and soon after took a job at the Idarado mine in Colorado.  He has since held geology and management positions at mines in New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Montana, as well as served as a geological consultant for various U.S. companies.  He collects minerals from mostly U.S. localities, and presently heads Resource Evaluation Inc., a consulting firm based in Tucson.

Main Floor Dealers

  • LEHIGH MINERALS: Jim and Yolanda McEwen
  • Xtal: Dennis Beals

Room Dealers located in the North Hallway will be selling minerals from Pacific Northwest and worldwide locations.

Featuring at least sixteen world class mineral displays, including a display from the Northwest's finest mineral museum: The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.

Free Admission to the Mineral Show and Dealers.

The 2014 registration form and agenda (184KB) is now available. It is stored in Adobe® Acrobat Reader PDF format.  You may download a free copy of the viewer from ADOBE.  Click here Acrobat Reader Icon, select "Download", and follow the instructions.

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Symposium Committee Members:

    Bruce Kelley,
    bruce.kelley @
Facilities Coordinator
    Bob Meyer
    pyrite111 @
Set up / Tear down / Audio-Visual
    Wes Gannaway
    debnwes @
Speakers / MC
    Allan Young
    allanyoung @
    Bob Meyer
    pyrite111 @
    Karen and Gary Hinderman
    KHinderman @
    Al Liebetrau
    liebetrauam @

Past Symposium Topics can be found on this link.

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