SHOW LOW — When most people think of the history of Show Low, they visualize the tenacity of the first settlers and fateful card turn that gave the town its name. Also recalled are the Native American tribes that inhabited the area and their vibrant cultures. No matter which historical figures we contemplate, there is a common thread that runs through their lives: the geology of the region. The White Mountain Gem and Mineral Club (WMGMC) and Show Low Historical Society Museum (SLHSM) have partnered to highlight this aspect and present a new museum exhibit featuring mineral and fossil specimens from the Show Low region and Arizona.

The Show Low Museum offers a rich, comprehensive history of the area through human habitation and, with the new exhibit, will now go back even further to highlight the geology of the landscape where these early people lived. Approximately 30 labeled specimens will be on loan to the museum from private collectors within the WMGMC. Members of both organizations are excited about the prospects of working together to reach a larger audience. Museum Executive Director, Clair Thomas states, “The Show Low Historical Society Museum is honored to partner with the White Mountain Gem and Mineral Club in educating our museum visitors about the unique geology of the White Mountains and Arizona. We invite you to the museum for a tour and to see the beautiful mineral exhibit provided by the White Mountain Gem and Mineral Club and their members”.

The Show Low Museum, 561 E. Deuce of Clubs, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer educational presentations to the public on historical events throughout its summer season. WMGMC member, retired geologist, physical scientist and college professor, Donna Pollard is one of the guest speakers. Pollard states, “Most of our summer visitors ride up from the valley, admiring the geologic scenery. They can learn what those geologic rock formations are, from Apache Junction, passing the copper towns of Superior, Miami, and Globe, through the spectacular Salt River Canyon, and on to Show Low, by coming out to the Show Low Museum at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20. For more information about the museum and its programs, call Clair Thomas at 928-532-7115 or email

White Mountain Gem and Mineral Club President Rose Fowers states, “One of our goals is to provide a means and the incentive for individuals with a common interest in mineralogy, lapidary, geology and associated Earth Sciences to pursue those interests.” The club meets the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Show Low VFW Post 9907, 381 N. Central Avenue and organizes numerous field trips and civic activities each month. Currently members are preparing for the club’s 22nd annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show which will be held July 6-7, at Hon-Dah Resort Conference Center in Pinetop.

For more information about WMGMC, contact Rose Fowers at 928-537-2195.

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