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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan
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PostPosted: Nov 26, 2010 02:46    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich.  

Lovely thread John!. Thanks so much for share it with us.

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PostPosted: Nov 27, 2010 09:48    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

Due to 15 inches of snow and the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there is not much new to report on the new museum building.

Here is one of my favorite copper crystals in the museum's collection. It is composed almost solely of cube faces, but Stan Dyl pointed out to me several years ago that the corners are slightly modified. These may be the ONLY trisoctahedron faces I've ever seen on a copper crystal. It is from the Gribble Vein, 3rd level stope, Copper Falls mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan.



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PostPosted: Dec 03, 2010 15:15    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

It was a rather eerie experience to see the old museum completely emptied out.


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The large exhibit of the best minerals of the Keweenaw stood in front of a very large oil painting of Douglas Houghton on the wall.
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The large sheet of native copper from the White Pine used to be here.
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My office space was here.
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A LOT of minerals used to be on display here.
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PostPosted: Dec 03, 2010 15:34    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

One of the significant acquisitions made by the museum back in 2007 was Patrick Collins (deceased) collection of phosphate minerals from the far northern Yukon Territory, Canada. Collins was one of the few people to have collected there. According to curator George Robinson, "It is perhaps the most complete and well-documented collection of these minerals ever assembled." It includes wonderful examples of lazulite, wardite, whiteite, gormanite, etc.


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PostPosted: Dec 04, 2010 06:11    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

John, I was expecting to see some snow pictures at the building site. I understand you recently received a lot of snow.
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PostPosted: Dec 04, 2010 09:07    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

John,
We did indeed get a lot of snow during the Thanksgiving holiday!.



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PostPosted: Dec 04, 2010 15:55    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

This week the west wall was uncovered and the entrance way at the north west was started under the scaffolding.


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PostPosted: Dec 11, 2010 16:24    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

Steel for the roof started going in this week. It looks like some mechanical work is also progressing. It will be nice for the workers to get the roof on. The snow keeps falling.


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PostPosted: Dec 11, 2010 16:33    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

Here is an unusual micromount that curator George Robinson found in after trimming a large specimen of domeykite (ex R. W. Drier collection) that was probably from the Mohawk mine, Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan. Acicular green olivenite crystals surround and top off some relatively uncommon cuprite crystals.


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PostPosted: Dec 23, 2010 21:17    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

It has been quite cold and snowy in recent weeks. The museum building's roof is getting its finishing touches and the front entrance has been "uncovered", though it hasn't been trimmed out yet.


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PostPosted: Dec 25, 2010 16:45    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

The museum has a growing collection of minerals from the general region around Lake Superior, including an impressive suite of specimens from Wawa, Ontario, Canada.


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A lovely spray of goethite emerging from a spheroidal cluster of pyrite crystals. This ~3-mm spray is just a tiny part of a larger specimen that has large velvety goethite spheroids in association with calcite crystals and dolomite, as well as pyrite. It is from the George W. MacLeod mine.
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PostPosted: Dec 26, 2010 03:33    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

What a nice picture, it resemble a fly statically suspended.

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PostPosted: Dec 26, 2010 06:01    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

Stunning photo John. Wow!
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PostPosted: Jan 02, 2011 16:25    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

This specimen of native copper shows cubic crystals with prominent hopper growth. It is 5.9 x 3.5 x 4 cm, and is from the Ahmeek Mine in Keweenaw Co., Michigan. It was formerly in the Donald C. Gabriel collection.


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PostPosted: Jan 02, 2011 16:41    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich  

We posted an image of this specimen earlier, but here is a close up of the main 1.8-cm long diopside crystal. I never tire of looking at this specimen. It is perched on a matrix of well formed, frosty graphite crystals, and is associated with laumontite and mesolite. The frosty coating on the graphite crystals is from a second generation of graphite growth (showing stellate forms) and tiny octahedral pyrite crystals. The specimen was purchased in Tucson in 2009 by curator George Robinson from Fine Minerals International. It apparently is one of the specimens that came from a pocket discovered in December 2007 at a depth of 230-260 m in the Karo pit, Block D, Merelani, Tanzania. [See Min. Rec. 40-5 (2009).]


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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2011 22:49    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

It has been a while since we've updated regarding the new building for the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Not much has been visible on the outside much of the winter, but a lot of work has been taking place inside. Here are a few images by director Ted Bornhorst of the inside of the building before the drywall was installed. The front of the building will house the gift shop, offices and collection management area. The rest of the building, occupying most of the square footage, will be a wide-open gallery. The only enclosed area in the gallery will be a spacious new exhibit of fluorescent minerals.


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PostPosted: Mar 09, 2011 11:10    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Here are some views of the Gallery with the drywall up.


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PostPosted: Mar 26, 2011 13:32    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

I have come to this thread by accident reading another thread of the Spanish Forum:

https://www.foro-minerales.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5442

about the book 'Minerals' by the current curator of the Museum, George W. Robinson.

Very interesting information and pictures. Thanks, John, for sharing here.

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PostPosted: Mar 29, 2011 16:34    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

While work continues on the inside of the new building, spring is trying to come to the outside. Temperatures are still generally a bit low, but the sun warms things up during the day, and quite a lot (not all) of the snow has melted.

The new building has two windows installed on the front, and the main entry is under construction.



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PostPosted: Mar 29, 2011 16:59    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Here is a lovely arborescent native copper from the John T. Reeder collection.


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