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The Mining Foundation of the Southwest is a non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona. We are working  to educate the public about mineral resources and the mineral extraction and processing industries and to honor outstanding accomplishments in the mining industry.

The Mining Foundation of the Southwest is committed to honoring the achievements of inspirational mining professionals and related organizations/companies while ensuring the safety of our members, sponsors, and honorees during the pandemic. We're going Virtual this year with an online Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser thanks to the  personnel and technology support from Hexagon Mining. Download the flyer at the link below and register now for this annual event. We'll provide you with information in December on how you can attend the online event. Proceeds from this event support MFSW's mining and mineral resource educational outreach program. We're grateful for the generous support of our 2020 Sponsors.

38th American Mining Hall of Fame

Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser

Saturday, December 5, 2020, 7pm

(On-line Participation Details will be provided here in December)

Read about our activities in the September 2020 Concentrates.

Hall of Fame Committee Meeting (3:30 pm)

Date:  Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Information on how to connect will be sent to Committee members.


“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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