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August 2018

Happy summer to everyone.  Grand Marais and the Gitche Gumee Museum have been busier than ever this summer.  I don’t think I have ever seen so many people enjoying our town’s old-fashioned July 4th celebration.  It was too hot for me to wear the 1800s bear coat in the July 4th parade with temperatures in the mid-80s – so my son, Jonathan, volunteered to do so.  As some of you know, the museum founder, Axel Niemi, wore the coat in the parade for decades.

I just analyzed this year’s financial numbers.  Although I decreased the museum’s open hours by 11 percent this year (so I can have some time off during the summer and play golf on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), the number of visitors to the museum only decreased four percent with 3,479 people coming through the door so far this year by the end of July.  Revenue is also up five percent overall, with a ten percent increase in July. So far August has been crazy busy, too!

I would also like to announce that the museum’s webpage, www.agatelady.com, has been updated.  Thanks to my webmaster, Michael Rock, and his intern, Chris Neely, for revamping the website so it is more mobile technology friendly!  The website is large enough that it required a huge effort to implement all the changes.

Happy rockhounding!
Karen Brzys

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

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  • PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE:
    https://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys
  • MUSEUM FACEBOOK PAGE:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gitche-Gumee-Agate-and-History-Museum
  • Home and Art Studio Number
    906-494-2590
  • Museum (do not maintain this phone during the winter months)
    906-494-3000
  • (Cell phone — not always turned on. I use it only when I travel.)
    906-450-5033

Gitche Gumee Museum Hours

End of May

  • Monday 2-5pm
  • Tuesday 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 6-8pm
  • Thursday 2-5pm
  • Friday 2-5pm
  • Saturday 12-5pm
  • Sunday 2-5pm
    * At the end of May, the museum opens the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
June

  • Monday 2-5pm
  • Tuesday 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 6-8pm
  • Thursday 2-5pm
  • Friday 2-5pm
  • Saturday 12-5pm
  • Sunday 2-5pm
July

  • Monday 11am-5pm
  • Tuesday 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 6-8pm
  • Thursday 11am-5pm
  • Friday 11am-5pm
  • Saturday 11am-5pm
  • Sunday 2-5pm
August

  • Monday 11am-5pm
  • Tuesday 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 6-8pm
  • Thursday 11am-5pm
  • Friday 11am -5pm
  • Saturday 11am-5pm
  • Sunday 2-5pm
September

  • Monday 2-5pm
  • Tuesday 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 6-8pm
  • Thursday 2-5pm
  • Friday 2-5pm
  • Saturday 12-5pm
  • Sunday 2-5pm

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 6 pm to 8 pm.

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 Karen@agatelady.com, 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 and speaking for the 2018 season is below.  Since I work all the museum hours myself now, and because I am trying to somewhat simplify my life, I will only have a booth at two shows again this year.  I also have two speaking engagements.  Details about these events are below.

August 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Agatelady presentation:  Geologic and Human History of Grand Marais, Michigan.  Burt Township Community Center, Brazel Street, Grand Marais, MI (located across the street from the Gitche Gumee Museum).  This event is being sponsored by the Grand Marais Historical Society and the Alger Regional Community Foundation (JEAN Grant).  The historical society will have refreshments.  The community is looped for the hearing impaired.  Some headsets will be available for use.

Mid-September 2018 Rock-On Agate Show, Muskallonge Lake State Park, Deer Park, MI:  agatelady talks on both Saturday and Sunday.  The Saturday talk will be How to Find Agates.  The Sunday talk will be Agates and How they Formed.  Located at 30042 County Road 407 in Deer Park, MI half way between Newberry and Grand Marais.  For more information please call 906-658-3338.  Information about previous year’s shows is available at http://www.superiortrails.com/rock-agate-festival.html#fest

October 19-21, 2018 EXHIBIT BOOTH – 53rd Annual Central Michigan Lapidary & Mineral Society Show. Main Arena, Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854. Event hours are Friday 6:00 to 9:00, Saturday 10:00 to 6:00, and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.  The show includes vendors, exhibits, crafts, art, jewelry, demonstrations, displays, flint knappers, rock identification, kids’ activities, free prizes for kids, door prizes, rock cutting, and more, For more information (once it is available) please go to http://www.michrocks.org/annual-show/show-info.html.


August 2018 Update

Grand Rapids Press article about the fish tug, Shark

Online Gift Shop
New book: Rocks through Time, Book Two–Geologic History of the Great Lakes.
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Information about
scheduling private, in-home private art shows
Correspondence
New testimonial from Rockhounding/Agate Class participants