skip all navigation
skip banner links
skip primary navigation

Mineral Museum Featured in Special Exhibition at East Coast Mineral Show

related image
2019

Springfield, MA
— August 19, 2019

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum was the featured exhibit at the East Coast Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show in Springfield, Massachusetts from August 9th-11th, 2019. This particular show is unique in that only one institution or collector is responsible for filling all 52 display cases with minerals, as opposed to the typical format in which multiple institutions and collectors focusing on one display case each.

Case display themes included minerals from New Mexico, other southwest states, regions of the US, and worldwide localities. New Mexican minerals were displayed in 30 cases organized by mine, mining district, or region; by individual species, or with a unique theme (e.g. NM Gemstones & Lapidary).

Here’s an East Coast Show breakdown:

  • ~650 mineral specimens were displayed in 52 cases
  • 8 hours of display setup
  • 2.5 hours of display teardown
  • 6500 show attendees
  • 187 vendors (140 retail & 47 wholesale)

Museum director Dr. Virgil Lueth and curator Kelsey McNamara were proud to represent the state of New Mexico and showcase its variety of minerals. During the show, Virgil delivered two presentations on the history of mineral collecting in New Mexico. Educational handouts on the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, as well as Earth Matters publications and Mineral Museum brochures were available for show attendees to pick up. Hopefully everyone in attendance learned a little bit about New Mexico minerals and left the show feeling ENCHANTED!

Mineral Museum
Hours of Operation
9am- 5pm Monday - Friday
10am - 3pm Saturday & Sunday
(we are closed most university holidays)

related image
Virgil Lueth, Phil Simmons, & Dave Bunk working in the featured display section of the East Coast Show. There were 52 empty display cases to fill!
2019
related image
Virgil and Phil starting on the first two displays — the famous C.T. Brown Kelly Smithsonite and NM Quartz.
2019
related image
A portion of the Tyrone Mine exhibit, with a variety of colorful minerals.
2019
related image
The New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources backdrop, along with a fabulous Kelly Smithsonite watercolor by Wilda, front and center!
2019
related image
One of two Mexican mineral exhibits.
related image
A colorful display of South American Treasures.
related image
A display showing various forms of copper from the Chino Mine.
2019
related image
Virgil teaches mineral enthusiasts about the history of mineral collection in NM.
related image
East Coast Show attendees enjoying the exhibits.
related image
A good time was had by all! Virgil Lueth and Joan Massagué, a major museum supporter, pose in front of the “Minerals of the Midwest” display.
2019