The exhibit hall is named after Thomas D. Shaffner, a 1957 alumnus of Michigan Tech, whose generous donation was instrumental in establishing a permanent home for the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum on Michigan Tech’s south campus. At the dedication in 2011, the past Curator Dr. George Robinson called the new museum building “a giant leap forward” while Museum Director Dr. Ted Bornhorst called it “a new beginning.” The 1404 E. Sharon Avenue location provides easily accessible public access with convenient parking.
Modern society depends on minerals and the products made from them. With the assistance of Chrysler, a new permanent exhibit was installed that educates visitors about the diversity of minerals used in the production of automobiles. The exhibit includes mineral specimens to augment text that illustrates the importance of minerals to anyone who drives a car!