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December 2017

Things are finally slowing down after a crazy busy summer and fall season. This past summer was the first time I worked all the museum hours my self – at least since the early years after the museum was opened in 1999. Although I am glad I was able to be the one sitting in the chair to greet people, it was not easy. This is also the first year I kept track of the number of museum visitors. The total ended up being over 6,200 people! When combined with the two shows at which I had a booth, I interacted with almost 10,000 people during the 2017 season! No wonder I am tired!

As many of you know, I changed my hours this year so I could play golf. I have not had regular time off during the summer since 1993. Even though some people (who did not check my hours in advance) were probably disappointed that the museum was not open during the day on Tuesdays this past season, it allowed me to recharge my batteries on the golf course in order to keep going. I am sorry to report I did not reach my goal of scoring under 100 golf strokes for 18 holes, but I was able to significantly improve my game. To ensure I can reach my goal next year, I will have evening hours two days a week. I am hoping to join a women’s league one day a week, and will continue golfing with the Grand Marais group on Tuesdays. I have not yet researched when there are women’s leagues, so I won’t set my 2018 hours until I know.

I just arrived back from all my fall season traveling. I am still catching up with loose ends, but will resume work on my next book this week. The project is to research, write, and publish the second in the Rocks through Time series. This next book will be Rocks through Time—Book Two: Geologic History of the Great Lakes. It will match in style, size, and general format as the first book published in May of this year, but will describe how the Great Lakes were formed. I am very excited about this project and hope to have the book back from the printer by early May.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season!

Happy rockhounding!

Karen Brzys
Gitche Gumee Museum
E21739 Brazel Street, PO Box 308
Grand Marais, MI 49839

Gitche Gumee Museum Hours

Note: The museum is open seven days a week from the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend until the end of September, but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the museum will only be open in the evenings from 6pm to 8pm.

Month Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
End of May* 2-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 12-5pm 2-5pm
June 2-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 12-5pm 2-5pm
July 11am-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 2-5pm
August 11am-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 2-5pm
September 2-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 12-5pm 2-5pm

* At the end of May the museum opens the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

I will plan on having the museum ready for appointments by mid-May each year, so if you would like to set up an appointment please email me at, or call me at 906-494- 2590. It is best to set up appointments in advance in case I am busy or out of town. I try to accommodate impromptu appointments, but this is not always possible. For private appointments, I ask for a donation or purchase that is commensurate with the time required for the museum visit. The museum will not be available for appointments between the middle of October and the middle of May.

Art and Mineral Show and Agate Talk Schedule

The show schedule has not yet been set for the 2018 season. I most likely will continue with the two shows I had this year and will have a booth at the Cuyuna show in Brainerd, MN (first weekend in May), as well as the Central Michigan Lapidary & Mineral Society show in Mason, MI the third weekend in October. I will also speak again at the Muskallonge Rock On show in Deer Park, MI in September, but will not have a booth. More details will be posted in a future web page update.

December 2017 Update

Mineral of the Month
Septarian Nodule
History’s Gem of the Month
Early 1900s letters from my Grandfather, Jonas Hill
(Grand Marais resident)
On-line Gift Shop
New book: Rocks through Time, Book One
--Geologic Stories of Nine Stones
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Information about
scheduling private, in-home private art shows
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Media Coverage
Petoskey News
Agate Photo
New testimonial from Rockhounding/Agate Class participants
Beach Rocks


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