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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan
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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2013 06:02    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
This thread arrived today to the 100.000 reads and consequently gets the "Golden Star" as you can see here: https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewforum.php?f=29

Thank you John. Congratulations Seaman Museum!

Good job.

Thank you Jordi.
I hope to post more photos as time permits.
Chris Stefano is now getting settled as the new associate curator; George Robinson and Gene LaBerge just published through the museum a new book on the iron minerals of the Lake Superior district. Good things are still happening.

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PostPosted: Nov 09, 2013 21:10    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Here is Dr. Christopher Stefano in front of a large sheet of native copper from the White Pine Mine, Ontonagon Co., MI at the entrance to the Schafner Hall, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.


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PostPosted: Nov 12, 2013 11:17    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

I fully agree with John White in his words of George and Sue Robinson!
Besides, I LOVE that Shigaite although image is not Scovil or Elliott quality!
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PostPosted: Nov 12, 2013 11:23    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
This thread arrived today to the 100.000 reads and consequently gets the "Golden Star" as you can see here: https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewforum.php?f=29

Thank you John. Congratulations Seaman Museum!

John Jaszczak wrote:
...Chris Stefano is now getting settled as the new associate curator...

And congratulations to Chris Stefano too! ;-)
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PostPosted: Nov 12, 2013 21:58    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Peter- do you mean the specimen of shigaite with pink seamanite? I have some better close up images. The one posted was just to show some quick highlights of what you can see in the new exhibit case.
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PostPosted: Nov 13, 2013 10:43    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Dear John,
Yes, this is very interesting specimen!
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PostPosted: Nov 13, 2013 18:00    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Peter,
There is a close up photo of the seamanite crystal spray on page 1 of this thread -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/seamanite_bemgal_mine_jaj_417.jpg
You can see the crystals nicely, and may be able to make out the shigaite crystals right behind the seamanite. A close up of one of the shigaite crystals is on page 2 of this thread -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/shigaite_sm7_dm27928_103.jpg
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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2013 02:26    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

In https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=34657#34657 John Jaszczak wrote:
...George Robinson and Gene LaBerge just published through the museum a new book on the iron minerals of the Lake Superior district. Good things are still happening.

See: New Book on Lake Superior Region Iron Ranges
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PostPosted: May 06, 2014 14:26    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

This lovely group of pyrite crystals has excellent luster. The specimen is from the Merelani tanzanite deposit, Tanzania. It was acquired by then curator George Robinson from Simon Harrison in 2013.


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PostPosted: May 01, 2015 00:24    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Cool topic, John.

Since you are probably the authority on the area, who better to ask (in a topic that hasn't been posted in in almost a year no less) what would be some good books on geology for the UP? Particularly the western UP. (Gogebic, Iron, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw counties: my home turf mostly)
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PostPosted: May 07, 2015 20:21    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Dear Needhelp: Please call the museum and speak to the gift shop manager. The gift shop I think has a few books; the best one I know of is a geology and field guide by Ted Bornhorst and Bill Rose. - John
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PostPosted: May 12, 2015 14:40    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Congratulations to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University and the University of Michigan for entering into an historic alliance to have the University of Michigan mineral collection curated and housed at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in Houghton, Michigan, and thereby preserve the historic legacy of this important collection, and also to once again make the collection accessible to public viewing.


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PostPosted: May 12, 2015 15:06    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The center of three cases showing some of the specimens from the University of Michigan mineral collection on display in its new home at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. The centerpiece is an astounding stibnite from Japan. At the lower right is an historic specimen of native copper from the Douglas Houghton collection.


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PostPosted: May 13, 2015 08:36    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Some of the visitors at the unveiling of the initial University of Michigan mineral collection exhibit.


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PostPosted: May 13, 2015 12:18    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The mineral collection of Lucius L. Hubbard (1849-1933) was split between the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and the University of Michigan. It will once again be under one roof.


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PostPosted: May 25, 2015 11:26    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The full story about the University of Michigan and A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum alliance can be found at :
https://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2015/may/two-universities-collaborate-preserve-historica-mineral-collection-for-people-michigan.html
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PostPosted: May 25, 2015 11:31    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

In other very exciting news, Paul and Janet Clifford of Cleveland, Ohio are donating their extensive collection to the museum. Here is a case showing a selection of calcites from their donation now on exhibit in the museum.


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PostPosted: Jun 16, 2015 09:05    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Back in July 2001, Bob Barron (with Michigan Technological University), helped to lead a team that raised a 33,000 pound boulder of native copper from the floor of Lake Superior, and transport it to Hancock, Michigan where it has, until recently, been on display at the Quincy Mine Hoist. The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum has curated the boulder, which is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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PostPosted: Jun 16, 2015 09:17    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

On June 3, 2015 the boulder was lowered in its stand andtransported to the site of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum on the south side of the campus of Michigan Technological University.


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PostPosted: Jun 16, 2015 14:57    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

A new stand was placed near the entrance to the parking lot leading to the museum. A pavilion to cover the boulder will be installed soon.


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