New Minerals on Display at MKPM

Thursday, March 16, 2017
The three new minerals, and the participation ribbon from the famed Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.(courtesy photo)

Recently, Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center trustees Don Roeder and Jim Richardson made their annual pilgramage to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Arizona. Actually, the duo was unable to attend last year's event, but they made up for it this year with three stunning acquisitions for the local collection.

This year's show was also a bit different for the trustees of the museum, as they also took part as participants with a display of items from the MKPM collection.

The new specimens, which are currently on display, include a quartz variation of chalcedony from the Sulawesi Island of Indonesia (purple one). A gold specimen was also acquired, taken from the Oriental Mine, Alleghany District, Sierra County, Calif. (white with gold). Rounding-out this year's items is a stunning example of azurite, taken from the Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Cochise County, Ariz.(dark blue specimen)

Quartz variation of chalcedony from the Sulawesi Island of Indonesia

The local museum is home to one of the largest, and most exclusive privately held collections of gems and minerals in the world. The basis of the collection are the 1,400 geodes and mineral specimens collected by Matilda Pfeiffer from 1960 to 1988.

Most of the collection, which has continued to grow under the guidance of the museum trustees, remains on permenant display at the local museum. Other items are offered for view on a rotating basis.

The Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center is located at 1071 Heritage Park Road in Piggott. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. They're closed all major holidays and when Piggott Schools are closed for inclement weather. There is no charge for admission, although donations are accepted. Those wanting additional information may call 870 598-3228 or visit them online at www.pfeifferfoundation.com

A gold specimen taken from the Oriental Mine, Alleghany District, Sierra County, Calif.
Azurite, taken from the Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Cochise County, Ariz
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