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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan
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PostPosted: Jun 19, 2011 21:08    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Local coverage of the construction:

https://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/520777/Construction-at-mineral-museum-now-complete.html
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Of course, it would have been nice for them to put the name of the museum in the headline. Maybe an interview with someone other than the architect as well...
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PostPosted: Jun 20, 2011 21:53    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Progress on the outbuilding continues quickly! Today it was pretty much covered and the roof was being installed.

In the short term, miscellaneous boxes, packing materials and furniture will be stored there to give room for the rest of the exhibit cases to be installed in the gallery. In the longer term there may be work space for specimen preparation, continued storage for packing materials, exhibit design materials and work space, etc.



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PostPosted: Jun 20, 2011 21:55    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Pat Reagan designed and built this amazing gift shop counter, complete with a really interesting Brazilian conglomerate.

The gift shop is scheduled to open on July 5.



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PostPosted: Jun 20, 2011 22:13    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

I'll bet you'd like to see some minerals again...

George & Susan Robinson worked over the weekend installing the Beauty of Minerals gallery near the main gallery entrance. Wow!

A few of the specimens are still in secure storage and well be returned to exhibit soon.



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PostPosted: Jun 21, 2011 21:22    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

You know all of the packing peanuts that were used in the packing process? They have reappeared!


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PostPosted: Jun 24, 2011 19:48    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The outside storage building is nearing completion, amid several days of steady rain.


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PostPosted: Jun 24, 2011 19:51    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The staff are now also working on the Keweenaw Gallery installation. This will be one of the largest galleries in the museum. The history of mining in the Keweenaw exhibits are almost completely reinstalled here.


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PostPosted: Jun 25, 2011 08:56    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

John Jaszczak wrote:
Pat Reagan designed and built this amazing gift shop counter, complete with a really interesting Brazilian conglomerate..

Wait, wait, back up... what is that counter-top made of? that's natural?!?

Watching the progression of the construction and installations is really a treat. Hope to see more images of the displays. Thank you so much for taking time to share with all of us!

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PostPosted: Jun 25, 2011 11:20    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

There is discussion among the staff about whether or not the counter top is natural. We are told it is from Brazil... Dr. Robinson thought, at least initially, that it was not natural; however, Dr. Bornhorst thought there were some congomerates like that. I'll see if I can dig a little deeper.
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PostPosted: Jun 26, 2011 15:15    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Here is a web site from Ohio State University that shows a photo of a similar conglomerate -
https://www1.newark.ohio-state.edu/Professional/OSU/Faculty/jstjohn/Decorative%20Stones/Marinace%20Green%20Granite.htm
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2011 19:00    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Pat Reagan is building a new glass-front frame for the Douglas Houghton portrait.


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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2011 19:01    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The gift shop is shaping up for the July 5 "partial opening". It is going to be spectacular.


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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2011 19:14    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Soon the Keweenaw gallery will have its finest coppers back on exhibit! Susan Robinson is working to prepare the copper specimens for the exhibit along with curator George Robinson.


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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2011 23:02    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The exhibits illustrating the different geological environments that native copper occurs in the Keweenaw Peninsula are being installed. Here are a few images of the conglomerate exhibit- famous for the "copper skull" specimens.


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PostPosted: Jun 30, 2011 21:04    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

On June 28 many of the best Michigan copper specimens were put back on display! Here are two cases- the first I showed empty a few images above. You really need to see these in person!


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PostPosted: Jun 30, 2011 21:15    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

By June 29, more copper specimens were put in the display cases, and the crystal forms of copper exhibit was completed.


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PostPosted: Jun 30, 2011 21:17    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Douglas Hougton's portrait is now all enclosed in its brand new and lovely frame, behind glass. Nice to have been able to photograph it before it was put behind the glass, but it is also nice to have it protected and so nicely exhibited.


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PostPosted: Jul 05, 2011 22:30    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Today was opening (partially any way) day of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in its new building and location. The Gift Shop and two galleries (The Beauty of Minerals and the beginning of the Keweenaw Gallery) were open to the public at 9:00 a.m.


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PostPosted: Jul 05, 2011 22:38    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Some of the very best copper, silver, calcite and datolite specimens from the Keweenaw Peninsula are once again on prominent display.


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PostPosted: Jul 05, 2011 22:43    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Progress is also being made to ready the rest of the Keweenaw gallery for the building dedication in early August.


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