Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium in David Friend Hall

2019 Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium

October 18-20, 2019

David Friend Hall, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Each year, the Museum welcomes scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts from the region and across the country to attend three days of programming and events in its spectacular David Friend Hall.  The Symposium transforms the Peabody into the nexus of the engaged mineralogy community. Over three days, attendees are treated to lectures from international experts, networking opportunities, and an evening reception. Event sponsors are recognized for their generosity and given ample opportunity to reach this dedicated and growing audience. The Symposium aligns our partners with the mission of Yale, the Peabody Museum, and this signature event.


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Current Sponsors






Keynote Speaker

Michael T. Bycroft; University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

Keynote address title: Gems and the Scientific Revolution



2019 Agenda


Friday, October 18, 2019

5:00 – 6:00

Andreas Massanek; Geoscientific Collections, TU Bergakademie (Mining Academy), Freiberg, Germany

Minerals with Type Localities in Saxony, Germany


6:00 – 7:30Evening Reception



Saturday, October 19, 2019



8:15 – 8:45am             

Continental Breakfast

Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space

Peabody Museum


Morning Session

8:45 – 9:30Fred E. Davis; Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History volunteer, New Haven, CT, USA
U.S. Mica Industry Pioneers: The Ruggles and Bowers Families


9:30 – 10:15Charlotte A. Abney Salomon; Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA
The Pocket Laboratory: The Blowpipe in Eighteenth-Century Swedish Chemistry


10:15 – 10:30



10:30 – 11:15Carl A. Francis; Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, Bethel, ME, USA
The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum: A New Endeavor in Bethel, Maine


11:15 – 12:00pmJohn Rakovan; Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA
Forensic Mineralogy: Examples in Wire Gold and Silver


12:00 – 1:30

Lunch (provided)



Afternoon Session

1:30 – 2:15Elizabeth Cottrell; National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
The History of Oxygen on Earth: Vanadium’s Story


2:15 – 3:00Terry E. Huizing; Rocks & Minerals Magazine; Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Collecting Geode Minerals in the American Midwest


3:00 – 3:15



3:15 – 4:00Andreas Massanek; Geoscientific Collections, TU Bergakademie (Mining Academy), Freiberg, Germany
Unique in the World: Three Mineralogical Exhibitions of International Standing in One City


4:00 – 4:45Michael T. Bycroft; University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Keynote Address: Gems and the Scientific Revolution




Sunday, October 20, 2019

Private Brunch


10:00 – 4:00

Brunch for registered symposium attendees at the home of Stephanie and Robert Snyder of Stonetrust, located 45 miles north of the Yale Peabody Museum (transportation not provided)

Please RSVP for brunch as an option during the registration process.






A block of 15 rooms for October 18 & a block of 15 rooms for October 19 have been reserved at the New Haven Village Suites on Long Wharf in New Haven.  The special discounted pricing of $144 per night for a King Studio room will be honored until September 18th.  After September 18th, rooms will be based on availability and at current rates. Reservations can be made by calling 203.777.5337 and referencing “Peabody Museum”

The Village Suites offers free breakfast, parking and shuttle service to the Yale campus and the Peabody Museum.  The Studio King room features a 600 square foot studio suite that includes additional living room area, dining area and a full kitchen.



The Blake  9 High Street, New Haven, CT   203.390.5352

New Haven Hotel 229 George Street, New Haven, CT   203.498.3100 | 855.991.4614

The Omni at Yale 155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT   203.772.6664 | 888.444.6664

The Study at Yale  1157 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT   203.503.3900 | 866.930.1157


Directions and Parking



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Past Symposia

2018 Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium

2017 Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium