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Keweenaw Mineral Days

Description of Events

Safety is always first for all events!

All collecting requires safe practices and use of common sense.
No children on rock piles unless registered.

KEWEENAW PENINSULA MINERAL COLLECTING

--We strive to provide an affordable and quality experience for participants. You only pay for events you attend.

--Each participant will receive a Keweenaw Mineral Days badge from the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

--We strongly encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment if the event you really want to attend fills to maximum capacity before you register.

-- Please keep a copy of your registration form for your information as this is your itinerary. Pick up registration package at the museum. Your registration package will contain name badge, maps for the museum collecting events, and receipt.

--All week registered retreat participants will get

...Free admission to A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum from
Tuesday August 5 to Saturday August 9
...Silent Mineral Auction for A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
...15 % Discount at joint A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and Keweenaw Gem and Gift Surplus Mineral Sale
...15 % Discount on General Merchandise at Museum gift shop all day Tuesday
...Presentations at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
... Keweenaw Mineral Days Picnic and open house at Keweenaw Gem and Gift
...15 % Discount on General Merchandise at Keweenaw Gem and Gift all day Friday

Prepared Surface Collecting Events

The retreat organizers have obtained legal permission to access and prepare old mine rock piles for surface collecting. You may be on the site legally ONLY during the times of the event. We contract heavy equipment (excavator) to move rock to expose new materials for collecting. The newly moved rock will be coated with fine particles, “muck”, which will make finding minerals more challenging. Your eyes are the essential tool for mineral collecting. For finding minerals such as datolite or greenstone, your eyes are the only tool! For finding native copper and native silver a metal detector can be quite valuable and many would consider it essential to finding copper. But you can find native copper without a metal detector too! Metal detectors can interfere with each other, so there can be problems when too many people have similar metal detectors too close together in a collecting area. We try to prepare sufficient area to accommodate everyone allowed on the site. We also limit the number of participants per site. We want your collecting experience to be fun and rewarding, but there is no guarantee of finding a treasure.

You must provide your own transportation to the collecting sites, and you must provide the skill and luck of collecting.

Extended Seneca Mine Surface Collecting Event

We are extending the time for collecting at Seneca to 7 hours and the heavy equipment will return to the site during the collection time interval to prepare more surface area for collecting. Participants will have to vacate the area being prepared.

Collect at Two Different Sites at Reduced Cost

We are offering a discounted cost for collecting at two different sites on the same day.

General Merchandise Sales at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and Keweenaw Gem and Gift

Both the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and Keweenaw Gem and Gift retail shops will give a 15 % discount on general merchandise on Tuesday and Friday, respectively. This is an exclusive event for Keweenaw Mineral Days registrants and will be one day only.

Surplus Inventory Sale

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and Keweenaw Gem and Gift will offer a 15 % discount on surplus inventory combined at one location. The sale will be held outside at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum on Tuesday from 1 pm to 5 pm. This is an exclusive event for Keweenaw Mineral Days registrants.

Keweenaw Mineral Days Picnic and Keweenaw Gem and Gift Open House

The Keweenaw Mineral Days picnic and Keweenaw Gem and Gift open house will be held at Keweenaw Gem and Gift on Friday evening. To help us plan for food we are asking registrants to indicate the intent to attend the picnic. This is an exclusive event for Keweenaw Mineral Days registrants.

Red Jacket Trolley History Tour

Follow copper through the Quincy Mining Company's historical operations - from shaft to mill to smelter - to gain an appreciation for the vastness and scale of the complete mining process.  The tour will begin with a surface visit to the Quincy Mine, followed by stamp mill ruins, dredge, reclamation plant, and smelter, where final product was refined and shipped out.  Discover the lives of workers a hundred years ago, explore the mining process, visit ghostly ruins, and get your questions answered. Tour begins and ends at the museum.

 

 

Updated March 21, 2014

 


A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Michigan Technological University
1404 E. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295
E-mail: tjb@mtu.edu
Telephone: (906)487-2572
FAX: (906)487-3027

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