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.”
43rd Atlantic Micromounters’ Conference Conference location: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 6065 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA
Presented by The Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area, Inc.
Friday April 22, 6-9pm & Saturday April 23, 8:30am – 9pm
We invite you to attend our geology conference.
Featured speaker: Tony Nikischer, Excalibur Minerals of Charlottesville, VA
Speaker Biography: Tony’s interest in minerals was stimulated by an early visit to Franklin, NJ in the 1960s. Today, he is founder and president of Excalibur Mineral Corp., arguably the largest provider of systematic minerals in the United States. The company has specialized in rare minerals for researchers, museums and private collectors worldwide since 1974. He operates an in-house analytical laboratory and is also the publisher of the monthly periodical, Mineral News.
He is the founder and chairman of The Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a not-for-profit foundation devoted to study, preservation and public education pertaining to the mineral kingdom. The Institute is now the parent organization of Mindat.org, the most prolific and widely viewed mineralogical website in the world. Tony has served as a director of the Friends of Mineralogy and is a Life Member of the Mineralogical Society of American, and is also a member of both the Mineralogical Association of Canada and the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain.
In 2001, the new mineral “nikischerite” was named in his honor. Tony has contributed over 200 articles to publications such as Mineralogical Record, Rocks & Minerals, Mineral News and Applied Spectroscopy, and he has co-authored descriptions of a number of new mineral species. He was awarded the Salotti Earth Science Education award in 2013.
Tony’s topics include: #1. “How New Minerals Are Discovered and Named” (example nikischerite) #2. “Minerals of the Kola Peninsula” #3. “Rocks from Space”.
Preregistration fee $30 before April 15. ($35 at door). Includes 3 Lectures: Friday evening coffee/tea social with light appetizers. Saturday continental breakfast, and lunch are included – deli sandwiches, side dishes, beverages, and dessert. Mineral dealers, silent auction, mineral giveaways, geology friendship.
Make checks payable to: Atlantic Micromounters’ Conference
Mail payment form to: Kathy Hrechka 7201 Ludwood Court, Alexandria, VA 22306
If you need a room: SpringHill Suites Hotel reservation deadline is March 18 for conference rate of $119 USD – Studio 2 Queen & Sofa bed. Book your group rate for Atlantic Micromounters
Island Rockhounds, Inc.
presents their 43rd Annual
Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show
Saturday March 12th & Sunday March 13th
10 am – 5 pm
Show this ticket from your smart phone, or print it out old-fashioned style and present at the entrance for discount admission. American Geode are members of this Eastern Federation club. We have many friends in the Island Rockhounds. They are a fun, smart, and very nice group of people. Not only is the show full of friendly dealers of gems, minerals and fossils from rough to high-end, and everything in between, but you will also find some jewelry dealers with unique and affordable pieces, and gem and mineral artwork is also found at this very special show. Please tell them that “American Geode sen’cha!” as they will get a real kick out of that at the door if you tell them you are also friends with American Geode.