cullenrayWe have a new activity for Children at the Museum. It is Cullen’s Rock and Mineral Dig. Cullen Connolly was the first junior member of the Pinal Gem and Mineral Society. He had a neuromuscular disorder, but was always on the go and he loved minerals. The way he would light up when he got a new specimen would make us all happy. We had a place in the desert that we could take him for a field trip; it had minerals put there that he could collect. That area has been posted now so we decided to move the collecting area to the Museum. Cullen lost his life in a car accident when a drunk driver hit their car. To honor his joy at collecting we have named the Rock and Mineral Dig in his memory.

mineral digMarc Rodriguez of Coolidge was looking for a public service project to finish his Eagle Service Badge enlisted him to build the marcrodrigezcollecting area. He did a fantastic job as you can see from the photograph. On September 20 before the Mineral Club meeting we had a ribbon cutting to open the new collecting area Ribbon Cutting (right to left) Marc Rodriguez, Coolidge Mayor- Jon Thompson, Ray Grant, Rick Miller



 kidsdigChildren are allowed to find three or four specimens that they can keep and the ones who have been collecting were really excited