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PostPosted: Jul 06, 2011 02:16    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

John Jaszczak wrote:

Today was opening (partially any way) day of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in its new building and location.


Congratulations on Your New "Baby"! ;-)
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PostPosted: Jul 07, 2011 01:12    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Les Presmyk wrote:

Congratulations!! Someday I will make back to the museum to see the new digs. As Alfredo described some time ago, it is definitely off the beaten path and on the way to nowhere else but well worth the trip. But, only in the summer.

Also, would you contact me at Les.Presmyk@srpnet.com because I have some questions about the building itself. As you may have heard, the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum has been closed, not for lack of interest on the part of its supporters and the 20,000 school children who visited it every year, but because it is being reconfigured into the Celebrate Arizona or some such museum. There is a group actively pursuing a new facility and would like some information about building and display costs.


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PostPosted: Jul 21, 2011 21:03    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The staff has been working on the Keweenaw Gallery in preparation for the building dedication on August 4. Here are some of the cases and specimens getting ready for exhibit on July 7.


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PostPosted: Jul 23, 2011 18:11    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

New signage was installed by July 13 on the front of the building and above the entrance to the galleries.


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PostPosted: Jul 23, 2011 18:21    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

A few more images of copper, silver and calcite in the Keweenaw Gallery.


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PostPosted: Aug 03, 2011 21:31    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

On July 25, 2011 the last cases were being unloaded from the storage trailers to be installed in the main gallery.


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PostPosted: Aug 03, 2011 21:33    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

By late last week all of the cases were installed in the main gallery. Can you imagine what it will look like with them all filled with wonderful minerals and many new exhibits?


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PostPosted: Aug 03, 2011 21:34    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Tomorrow, August 4, 2011 is the museum's building dedication, which is being held during Michigan Tech's alumni week so that our alumni can attend. Stay tuned for updates.
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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2011 11:44    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Building Dedication
A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
August 4, 2011

Established at Michigan Technological University
1902

It was a beautiful day to gather for the dedication. Many alumni, supporters, community members, university faculty, staff, students, planners, builders, contractors and architects, and community officials all came to celebrate and to see the the building and galleries.



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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2011 12:16    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Congratulations A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum!


Thank you to Dr. Robinson and Susan Robinson to consolidate the Museum at his new emplacement, special thanks to John Jaszczak to share this event with us, and also our gratitude to Dr. Glenn Mroz and the A. E. Seaman's family.

And congratulations to the Museum to assemble a so great community at the gathering!: Dan Behnke, Gene LaBerge, Tom Rosemeyer, Douglass Houghton, Bill Rose, Bob Barron, Paul Moore, Larry Wittenbach, William Haglund...
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PostPosted: Aug 28, 2011 19:49    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Work is underway unwrapping specimens and preparing cases for the minerals of Michigan's "Iron District".


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PostPosted: Aug 28, 2011 19:57    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Terry and Marie Huizing visited the Upper Peninsula of Michigan last week. It was a delight to visit with them on Thursday for a short time. Marie, of course, is the beloved Editor-in-Chief of Rocks and Minerals magazine. Terry is a well-known collector, photographer and author who specializes in calcite.


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PostPosted: Sep 16, 2011 08:17    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Great report, thank you so much!

Actually i never was that addicted to copper - but the specimens i saw here could change this point of view, wow :-)
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PostPosted: Sep 26, 2011 21:25    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Society hosted its 15th annual fundraiser event for the benefit of the museum. These have been held each fall since 1997- the first being "The Graphite Ball". This year was "The Ruby Gala".

Next year the museum will be fully reopened, and will also be celebrating its 110th year. Stay tuned for announcements of events.



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PostPosted: Sep 30, 2011 22:49    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

One of the highlights of each year's fundraiser gala since almost the beginning is the awarding of the Dr. Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award. Readers of this thread may recall that our beloved forum co-moderator John White was the 12th winner in 2010. I'm pleased to announce that the 13th winner for 2011 is Tony Nikischer. Tony is well-known for his business Excalibur Minerals, and as publisher of Mineral News. Particularly noteworthy for this award was Tony's founding of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy and for his extensive outreach and education work. Tony was unable to attend the Ruby Gala due to prior commitments, but we're hoping Tony will be able to visit the museum in 2012 to give a lecture and to receive his well-deserved award.


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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2011 21:13    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Work is progressing on the cases and installing the Michigan Iron Country gallery.


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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2011 21:14    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The storage unit at the east of the museum is being nicely utilized! Where did we keep all this stuff before?


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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2011 08:30    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

One of the "theme" specimens for the Gala.


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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2011 08:38    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

A rare micromineral from Michigan.


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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2011 08:48    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

One of my favorite calcite-on-copper specimens. This one from the Copper Falls Mine. It was originally in the L. L. Hubbard collection. Now in the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum collection.


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