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Franklin Mineral Museum has Fund-raiser

 

 

Fluorescent Display

If you have already pleged toward the color book fund please sent it to the museum in care of the address below.

Donations may be sent to :

 

Franklin Mineral Museum

32 Evans Street,

Franklin, New Jersey 07416

 

(973) 827 3481

 

fmm1954@earthlink.net

 

(Please be sure to specify that the denation is for "The Color Book Fund".)

The Franklin Mineral Museum in Franklin, Sussex County has started a fund-raiser that will achieve several goals. The first goal is to publish a color photographic art book showing the world-famous diversity of crystals and minerals the area is famous for. The book will be released for the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the museum and its nature center. Many people have seen the sign on Route 23 when entering the town of Franklin: "Welcome to Franklin. The Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World". While this claim is unchallenged, relatively few people have seen how beautiful fluorescent minerals are. The title of the book is "Franklin and Ogdensburg, New Jersey. A Photographic Celebration." The 500 page hardcover book will feature about 1000 pictures, many full page color photos, of the crystal treasures of the Franklin Region. Specimens from world-famous museums such as the Smithsonian, Harvard University, Yale University, and several important private collections will be featured. European photographers have been invited to contribute photographs from international collections. The project has been on-going since October, 2012 and will culminate in a celebration in September 2014.

Crystals of many colors

Several photographers since the 1960s have tried to photograph the crystals of the area, but have not produced a manuscript. The Franklin Mineral Museum has had a color book fund for nearly twenty years, but there has been no suitable manuscript to publish. In October, the museum board decided to have such a book produced and contacted Van King and Peter Chin, both well-known authors of Franklin mineral articles to spearhead a project. The lead author has produced and published 20 books about minerals and crystals. Steven Phillips, of R. S. Phillips Steel, LLC in Vernon, has been soliciting private donations to increase the Museum's color book fund and to date has more than quadrupled the color book fund. The budget to print the book is $85,000 and to date he has raised nearly $50,000 from private donors. Fund-raising will continue into 2014. Donations may be madeAragonite directly to the Franklin Mineral Museum, 32 Evans Street, Franklin, NJ 07416. A description of the project is at the link given above as well as at http://www.newryqs.com/Franklin.html. The latter link has several downloadable pdfs that show the early progress of the book. The final form will, of course, evolve by next year's deadline.

The production of a color book has been much desired for over the last half-century and the project is under way. The proceeds of the sales of the book will be used to increase the facilities of the museum. The long term plan includes up-grading display cases and lighting and changes to the building. The most valuable asset the Museum has for members of the general Franklin area is the park land they possess. The Museum would like to utilize that land in the form of nature trails, guided historical tours of the mining property, etc. Over 20,000 school children utilize the Museum's educational opportunities each year as well as a wide variety of local citizens and visitors. The fund raiser will make their plans a success.

FMM Building

 

WillemiteHere is a short, low resolution, example of the A-Z layout. The photos will be improved as the project progresses, but the pattern will be similar. There should be over 1000 illustrations in the final book.

 

Download Sample Franklin Mineralogy Pages PDF Tourmaline

Download Sample Franklin Mineral Veins pdf

 

Donations may be sent to : Credit cards and pay pal

 

Franklin Mineral Museum

32 Evans Street,

Franklin, New Jersey 07416

 

(973) 827 3481

 

fmm1954@earthlink.net

 

(Please be sure to specify that the denation is for "The Color Book Fund".)

 

 

 

 

Be sure to come visit the Franklin Mineral Museum in Franklin! The museum features a modern exhibit area of both Franklin and worldwide minerals. We have an outstanding exhibit of fluorescent minerals, historical exhibits, as well as an open-air nature area where you may walk as well as collect your own minerals if you wish. We look forward to seeing you! Please visit the Franklin Mineral Museum website:

http://www.franklinmineralmuseum.com/