Thursday, February 26, 2009

Longtime UA Mineral Museum curator retires

Shirley Wetmore has retired from the University of Arizona Mineral Museum.

Shirley first became a volunteer at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum in 1975, and helped organize and catalog the Museum’s collection that dates back to 1891.

In 1979 she became the Curatorial Specialist, essentially assuming the duties of assistant curator, and since that time has digitized the museum records, created an Arizona mines file, expanded the education program and established loan and policy procedures. In addition she expanded the museum staff to include work study students, organized a special events program, implemented a mineral and meteorite identification service for the general public, and has designed and constructed exhibits in the Museum and at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

[this is taken largely from a UA news release]

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