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Q & A: Manager of mineral collection has dug rocks for a long time

Annual show set for next weekend at State Museum

Vendors from around the Northeast will be selling various gems, minerals and fossils at the annual gem show at the New York State Museum Feb. 26-27. (photo: New York State Museum)
Photographer: New York State Museum
Vendors from around the Northeast will be selling various gems, minerals and fossils at the annual gem show at the New York State Museum Feb. 26-27. (photo: New York State Museum)
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Cleveland isn’t the only city with a Rock Hall of Fame. In Albany, the New York State Museum is home to the world’s largest mineralogy collection, which is only part of a mind-boggling, scientific treasure chest of 1.5 million rocks, minerals, gems and fossils. Collected over nearly two centuries, most of the specimens, from beryl to tourmaline, are stored in cabinets on the third floor. They’ve been settled there for more than 30 years, but ...

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