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Weis Earth Science Museum Sponsors ‘The Wonderful World of Agates’ International Gem and Jewelry Show at UWFox

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Agate on displayThe Wonderful World of Agates, the first-ever agate-only event anywhere in the world, is coming to the Fox Valley this summer! Sponsored by the Weis Earth Science Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, this international event celebrates agates, one of the most beautiful, varied and popular gemstones on Earth.

Two years in the making, the Wonderful World of Agates offers something for everyone, from the novice collector or the agate expert to the person who just likes learning about nature or enjoys beautiful Earth art. The event will take over the UWFox campus, where the Weis Museum is located. The museum is Wisconsin’s official mineralogical museum.

The idea for the event came from Weis Museum educator, Gary Richards, who realized that Wisconsin had more than its share of agate experts and enthusiasts. Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf, director of the Weis Museum, remarked, “Interest in the event is amazing. We know that people are coming from as far away as Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands, and we’ve heard from people who are bringing busloads of enthusiasts from around the nation.”Agate on display

Many of the finest agates in the world will fill more than 70 display cases. Even the world famous Smithsonian Institution is bringing never-before-exhibited specimens from Indonesia. In the agate bazaar, an international array of more than 30 vendors will sell everything agate, from specimens and books to jewelry, carvings, and art. “This is a great opportunity to start or enhance a collection, to find an object of beauty for your home, or to spark a child’s interest in nature,” Kluessendorf said. “Presentations about agates will be entertaining and informative. Children will be able to dig for agates, hand polish a stone, create an agate critter, and go on a scavenger hunt.”

The agate event runs July 11-13 with admission only $4 per day. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds from the event will benefit educational programs at the Weis Earth Science Museum.

For more information, please visit www.weismuseum.org and click on “Agate Show 2008,” or call 920-832-2925.

Posted 06/26/2008