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The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Web Site will undergo a full transformation April 2016.

Associated Press (AP) wire service covered the announcement Tuesday, May 12, that Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan are collaborating to display UM's historic mineral collection at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Tech and in traveling and satellite exhibits. Newspapers, radio and TV stations across the country published or aired the news, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Times, the Albany (NY) Times Union and dozens of other news outlets, including the SFGate.

Two leading Michigan universities have joined hands to preserve the legacy of a historic mineral collection.

The University of Michigan’s mineral collection—including some of the finest specimens of particular significance to Michigan—will have a new home at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University. The museum is the official mineral museum of the state of Michigan.

The UM mineral collection exhibit opens today at the museum in Houghton, Mich. “We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration,” said Glenn Mroz, Michigan Tech president. “This is a perfect example of state universities working together for the benefit of all the people of Michigan.”

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum will curate and exhibit the University of Michigan collection. In addition to a permanent exhibit at the museum in Houghton, the specimens will be exhibited at mineral shows around the country, as well as in satellite locations. One of these satellites will be on the campus of the University of Michigan, an exhibit that will be maintained by Michigan Tech’s mineral museum. This unique arrangement provides for shared ownership and responsibility to preserve the legacy of the University of Michigan mineral collection into the foreseeable future.

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum already has a nationally recognized mineral collection, containing the finest collection of Michigan minerals, the largest public exhibit of minerals from the Great Lakes region, and outstanding specimens from around the world.

According to Chris Poulsen, professor and chair of the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the mineral collection is “an extraordinary asset that showcases Michigan’s mineral wealth and the history of mineral exploration within the state and by University of Michigan professors. We are very excited about the new collaboration between the University of Michigan and Michigan Tech to conserve and display the [University of] Michigan mineral collection that, in recent decades, has not been accessible to the public.”

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