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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan
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PostPosted: Jun 12, 2011 18:57    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

By June 7 the south wall cases all have their doors installed. The entrance gallery has its large screen monitor installed (gift of the A. E. Seaman family) for short a visitor orientation and other programs.


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 17:07    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

On June 9 it was nice to see lights (new) on again in many of the cases.


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 17:09    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

June 9 also saw the pouring of the foundation for the museum's new storage building on the east side of the building.


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 17:11    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

A crew of students has been on hand helping to put the Lane storage cabinets into place. Here they are working on June 10 with curator Dr. George Robinson.


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 17:14    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

On June 10 the foundation was all cured and the outbuilding's trusses were delivered (fun to watch).


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 18:10    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

It was an exciting day on June 13. The large portrait of Douglas Houghton, first Michigan state geologist and namesake for the city of Houghton, was unpacked and hung in the gallery. His survey work is credited with sparking Michigan's copper mining boom. Unfortunately he drowned in Lake Superior near Eagle Harbor, MI during a storm while working on a geological survey.


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 19:39    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Oil painting of Douglas Houghton by his brother-in-law Alvah Bradish.


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 19:45    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

By June 13 the storage/work room has all of the Lane storage cabinets arranged. Dr. Robinson's wife Susan, also a well-known artist, has been a tremendous help in both the packing process, and now in the unpacking process.


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 19:47    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

June 13: The green top cap was installed, thus finishing the decorative front entrance. Now I can't wait for the letters to arrive and be installed.


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PostPosted: Jun 14, 2011 21:11    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

I am clearly biased by my interest in the Copper Country and by many unusually pleasurable days spent there on vacations but please continue to document progress of the move. Excited to see a new home for an outstanding mineral collection that documents the mining districts of the Lake Superior Region with love and a flare for both scientific and historical legacy.

Given recent declines in support for natural history collections this is a breath of fresh air.
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PostPosted: Jun 15, 2011 18:00    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Thanks for the pictures John. The museum looks great and it's good to see Douglas Houghton's portrait with a little more light on it!
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PostPosted: Jun 15, 2011 21:57    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Here is a better image of the Houghton portrait I took today.


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PostPosted: Jun 15, 2011 22:01    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is a Keweenaw Heritage Site associated with the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The new sign was just installed this week!


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PostPosted: Jun 15, 2011 22:17    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Lots happened in the museum on June 14 and 15! Many of the "floor cases", designed by former curator Jean Kemp, and prominently displaying the collection in the EERC building since the mid 1970s, were places into position forming spaces for the "Keweenaw Gallery" and the "Iron District Gallery" for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan minerals.


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PostPosted: Jun 15, 2011 22:22    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Just can't keep the curator out of the minerals!


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PostPosted: Jun 15, 2011 22:23    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Progress was also made on laying the brickwork on the outbuilding.


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PostPosted: Jun 16, 2011 02:26    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

I said it several times before, but again, thanks so much John to give us the gift to follow the rebuilding, starting from zero, of one of the world's best Museums. A really exciting experience and a great pleasure.

Thanks John!
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PostPosted: Jun 16, 2011 04:13    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

I echo what Jordi has written, John. Watching the evolution of this great new museum has been an exciting experience. Can't thank you enough for the job you have done in sharing all of this with FMF.
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PostPosted: Jun 17, 2011 19:36    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Thanks all for the encouragement. I pass it on to the museum staff and they appreciate it!

Summer is wonderful in Copper Country. Today's lovely weather reminded me of the swap on the grounds of the famous Quincy Mine Hoist last year in early August during the Copper Country Mineral Retreat. Check out
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PostPosted: Jun 17, 2011 19:38    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Work has progressed rapidly on the storage building. We're pleased because we need to move things into it to make room for the rest of the display cases to be installed inside the gallery.


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