Eleven year old Judah Tyreman and his six year old sister Avi are trying to do something that no other kids in the world have ever attempted. They are crowd funding on Kickstarter to start a geology museum in memory of a friend of theirs.
But doing the impossible is not a new thing for this young kid. Last year, he created a four month exhibition of his massive geology collection with a hands on setup that attracted visitors from all over the country and as far away as China. During that exhibition, Judah met mineral dealer Stuart Sesula.
“When I met Stuart, I explained that I had created a huge hands on mineral and gem show for kids and adults alike, so they could have a chance to see and touch some of the most incredible specimens they will ever see. He was so impressed, that he helped me out with donated specimens and lots of stuff at cost.
Stuart was in an accident when he was young and it left him paralyzed, but that didn’t stop him. He had the biggest collection of minerals and gems I had ever seen, and he bought and sold stuff all around the world. He even took the time to be driven here to our town just to see the show His help was amazing and he really took our show to the next level. With what I picked up from Stuart, I was able to have over 1500 specimens in the display.
Then after the show was over, Stuart got sick and passed away. It was then that I learned that he was so amazed with what I had done, that he wanted his collection to come to me. His stuff is amazing, and I thought I can’t just leave this in boxes, people need to see this. I need to create a museum for our stuff.
So my Dad told me about Kickstarter to crowd fund the project. So I made a video of what Avi and I want to do and I’m hoping that people all over the world will help so I can open the Sesula Mineral and Gem Museum here, so that I can pass on his love of geology to everyone who comes. I want to create a huge set of plaques inside, with the names of all of the people around the world who helped fund it, even if its just a dollar.”
2016 NFMS/AFMS Show July 29th to 31st, 2016 Albany Oregon
The Willamette Agate and Mineral Society invites you to come see the “Treasures of the Northwest” The AFMS meeting will be held on Thursday the 28th before the show opens on Friday the 29th. It is being held at the Linn County Fair & Expo Building in Albany, Oregon just off I-5. All meetings and events will take place at the Fair Grounds. We expect to have 40 vendors, over 200 display cases, lectures, silent auction and daily field trips to a local petrified wood local for your enjoyment. There will also be an Oral Auction on Sunday to benefit the NFMS. You are welcome to donate to either of the auctions if you have some rock to share.
We are currently lining up the lectures and will have more information as the schedule is firmed up. There will be several lectures on Fossils, Northwest Material, Looking deep into agates via a microscope and Julian Gray of the Rice Museum will also be speaking.
The Best Western Prairie Inn near by has agreed to reserve a block of rooms at a discounted rate for those coming to the event. You can call them at 541-928- 5050 our group name is “NFMS Rock & Gem Show”. This rate and block of rooms will only be held until July 12th so please reserve early.
The Holiday Inn Express 541-928-8820 and the Comfort Suites 541-928-2053 right next to the Fair Grounds do not have rooms reserved but will provide a discount if you mention that you are there for an event at the Expo building. You will need to ask for the “Expo rate”.
There are also RV parks in the area that are available. There are a few spots at the Fair Grounds you need to contact them directly and mention you are with the rock show. The Knox Butte RV Park 541-928-9033, The Blue Ox RV Park 541-926-2886, The Albany RV & Trailer Park 541-928-8532, and The Albay/Corvallis KOA 541-967-8521 are all close by.
We really recommend that if you are planning to attend that you make sure to get your room in advance because the same weekend is also the multi-day Country Music Festival in nearby Sweet Home and rooms and RV parks tend to fill up.
For your long range planning the Multi-Federation Field Trip is the week after the show out of Prineville Oregon. So come for both events and really see some of the Treasurers of the Northwest.
Janice Van Cura, Show Chair 541-753-2401 email@example.com