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Weis Museum Offers New Exhibit, 'Treasure Under the Trees'

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The public is invited to visit, “Treasure Under the Trees: Crystal Collecting in the Colorado Rockies,” the newest exhibit within the evolving gallery at the Weis Earth Science Museum (WESM), on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. Visitors can discover how crystals form and how are they collected. Guest curator for the exhibit is Mike Riesch, Director of Earthaven Museum in Gillett, Wisconsin.

“This exhibit allows you to take a crystal-collecting trip to the Pikes Peak-Lake George area of Colorado via Mike’s story of his expeditions to collect the smoky quartz and amazonite crystals for which this locality is famous,” according to Joanne Kluessendorf, Director of the WESM.

“When you come see this exhibit, you’ll learn about prospecting for minerals in pegmatite deposits, the discovery of the ‘Sunshine Pocket’ and some of the exciting tales of working at remote mountain sites at 14,000 feet,” she said. “You’ll marvel at the splendid specimens of smoky quartz, including ‘Baby Sunshine’ — a smoky quartz crystal nearly two feet long—and the stunning blue-green amazonite, supposedly named for a tribe of female warriors who once lived along the Amazon River.”

“Treasure Under the Trees: Crystal Collecting in the Colorado Rockies,” is on display at the WESM, Wisconsin’s Official Mineralogical Museum, from February 15 through May 31, 2005.

The WESM and UWFox are located at 1478 Midway Road in Menasha, between S. Oneida St. on the east, S. Appleton Rd. on the west, and just south of Hwy. 441.

The WESM is closed Monday and Tuesday and is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12-4 p.m., Friday from 12-7 p.m., Saturday from10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. More information about the WESM and the exhibit can be obtained by calling 920.832.2925 or by visiting the website at www.uwfox.uwc.edu/wesm.

Posted 3/7/2005