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Museum Notes


As mentioned in the Chips from the Quarry column, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, in Houghton, Michigan, will be involved with some of the activities associated with the Copper Country Mineral Retreat, 8–15 August. For further information, including registration details for the retreat, see website

Those heading for the Southeast Show in Cartersville, Georgia, the weekend of 20–22 August, will also have an opportunity to visit the Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum, located directly behind the Holiday Inn show site. Even better, the museum will host a symposium with Gold! as its theme on 21 August; it is sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy. For information on the museum, see website; show details are at website; and Julian C. Gray ( can provide the latest symposium news.

Fossil and mineral collectors alike will want to attend the Falls Fossil Festival, 18–19 September at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, in Clarksville, Indiana. Scheduled are daily nontechnical programs and workshops, twenty vendors, a children's activity area, mineral and fossil identification, hikes on the fossil beds, and collecting Silurian and Devonian fossils from two 15-ton rock piles donated and staffed by local quarries as well as a 15-ton mineral-collecting pile brought in from the dumps of the Annabel Lee and other southern Illinois mines. For more details, go to


The Geological Museum of China, in the heart of Beijing, and Collector's Edge Minerals, Inc., of Golden, Colorado, are cosponsoring a special exhibition in the prestigious Beijing museum. Called Mineral Treasures of the World, it opened on 18 May and runs through 18 July. Both the museum and Collector's Edge cut through many cultural, political, and logistical barriers to bring this first-ever, one-of-a-kind exhibit to China. It features some of the world's great mineral-specimen localities, and the specimens on display are superb examples of their species. The partnership was conceived in the spirit of international relations and to foster the business, avocation, and academic study of minerals and mineral collecting. There is much more that could be written about this exciting joint venture, but we will save it for a later issue, when Executive Editor Dr. John Rakovan will give a firsthand account of the grand opening in a feature article on his visit to the exhibition.


Getting its share of attention at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars, an exhibition of exquisite objects produced by the Fabergé workshop at its peak. Carl Fabergé was a master goldsmith and legendary jeweler who is still celebrated for his inventive design and meticulous craftsmanship. Although perhaps best known for the Imperial Easter eggs created for the Russian royal family, the House of Fabergé also fashioned jewelry and luxurious gifts for many ruling families of Europe as well as other wealthy patrons. Some of his rare and most spectacular masterpieces are part of this exhibit, including jeweled and enameled eggs, an extravagant tiara, clocks, picture frames, boxes, jewelry, scent bottles, cosmetic cases, and more. All the pieces are part of the McFerrin Collection, one of the world's most important private collections of Fabergé. This marks its first public display. The exhibition runs through 25 July.


The Canadian Museum of Nature, in Ottawa, Ontario, has gone through an extensive makeover during the past few years, and the spectacular results were revealed on 22 May at a grand reopening. Among the many exciting exhibitions is the new Earth Gallery, which offers a fascinating journey through geological time as visitors learn about the powerful forces that shaped and changed our planet. The gallery also showcases a dazzling, world-class collection of more than one thousand specimens, many on display for the first time.


The latest word from the University of Arizona (UA), in Tucson, is that the Flandrau Science Center, which includes the university's Mineralogical Museum, now has new, expanded hours, making it accessible to the public every day of the week. This good news was announced at the end of March and followed on the heels of a nine-month hiatus due to budget cuts. A Tucson tradition since 1972, Flandrau reopened under the auspices of the UA College of Science.


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