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The Mining Foundation of the Southwest is a non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona. We educate the public about the importance mineral resources and the mineral extraction and processing industries and we highlight and honor outstanding accomplishments in the mining industry. Join us on Saturday, December 4th for the 39th American Mining Hall of Fame Banquet & Fundraiser at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson. We thank our 2021 Sponsors for their generous support of MFSW's education outreach program. Click here to purchase individual tickets or a table for yourself, your company, or to support university students. Click here for a copy of the 2021 program. See you soon!

Banquet Health and Safety Protocols: Our Commitment to Your Safety

Your health and safety is our top priority. We are committed to following the guidance of the CDC, state and local authorities, as well as those of the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort. Here are the safety protocols you can expect at the banquet:

  • Wear masks where feasible during the pre-dinner social & during the post-dinner presentation. Respect each other’s personal protection choices.
  • Practice social distancing when possible.
  • Hand washing and sanitizing systems will be readily available.
  • Marriott Staff are required to wear masks.
  • Marriott asks that all non-vaccinated guests continue wearing face coverings and practice social distancing when they are in public spaces inside the hotel.

Read about our activities in the November 2021 Concentrates

Hall of Fame Committee Meeting (3:30 pm)

Date:  Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Mining Foundation of the Southwest went virtual in 2020 with a 1-hr online Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser thanks to the personnel and technology support from Hexagon Mining.

38th American Mining Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony & Fundraiser




“For more than 8 years the University of Arizona Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources (LIMR) Education Outreach program has engaged upwards of 10,000 Arizona students annually … “.   In the May 30 Arizona Geology post, Chris Earnest, Outreach Coordinator (LIMR), describes the classroom and virtual elements of LIMR’s outreach program to inform students of the minerals and rocks comprising Arizona’s economic base metal and industrial minerals industry.  Chris salutes the generous support of the Mining Foundation of the Southwest and the pioneering efforts of LIMR’s first outreach coordinator Pam Wilkinson.  See Arizona Geology Blog for additional information.

Students drilling and logging core as part of the Exploration Geology station at the Mineral Resources Discovery Workshop.

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