Kenneth H. Hollmann Collection
Kenneth Hollmann (1943-2005) was born and raised in Rutland, Vermont. He obtained his higher education at nearby Castleton State College where he majored in geology. He had a 30-year career as a chemical analyst with General Electric in Rutland. He passed away at home in January 2005.
His interest in minerals began at the age of 12 when he received a boxed set of rocks, a microscope and Frederick Pough’s Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals. His collection consists of specimens from throughout the world, but the minerals of the Northwest Adirondack Mining District held a special place with him. He spent many hours there with local collectors and miners and built a very impressive suite of minerals from that area. The highlights of that collection are on display in this case.
The New York State Museum would like to thank the Hollmann family for making the collection available to us. Acquisition funding was provided by New York State, the New York State Academy of Mineralogy and a generous donor. We wish to especially thank William Metropolis of the Harvard Mineralogical Museum for his tireless and extraordinary efforts in helping to secure the Hollmann collection.
The New York State Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Schuyler Alverson Collection. Schuyler Alverson is a well-known mineral collector and life-long resident of St. Lawrence County. He is the co-author of the publication, Minerals of the St. Lawrence Valley and the former co-owner of the gem diopside mine in Dekalb, New York. The collection consists of several hundred specimens, many of them self-collected from rare and important sites throughout St. Lawrence County. The purchase of this collection was made possible with funding from the State of New York and the New York State Academy of Mineralogy.
Steven C. Chamberlain
This display showcases the highlights of the
Dr. Steven C.
Chamberlain (b.1946) is a retired Professor of Bioengineering and Neuroscience. He is a
consulting editor on Rocks and Minerals Magazine, co-chairman of The Rochester Mineralogical
Symposium and the volunteer curator of the Oren C. Root Collection at Hamilton College. He is a
noted mineralogical researcher, collector and photographer whose works are widely
The specimens in this case were collected over several decades
by Frank Kurowski and represent
some of the highlights of the collection that he recently donated to the Museum. The
were all collected in the field in upstate New York. |
Mr. Kurowski utilized many of his finds as raw material for his gem and jewelry hobby. Examples of some of his lapidary work can be found in this case, as well as, the nearby Gems of New York case.
||Mr. Kurowski successfully ran a television and radio repair business for many years in New Hartford, New York where he resided with his wife and two daughters. He spent many of his spare hours hunting the back roads for interesting mineral localities and compiled a large mineral collection as well as extensive knowledge of the state's mineral resources.|
|He has generously shared this information with us over the years by volunteering as a Museum field assistant. His dedication to mineralogy and his continuing commitment to the New York State Museum serve as a constant inspiration to our staff.|
Mineral Display Case "1"
|Uvite from Pierrepont, NY||
Mineral Display Case "2"
from Thurman, NY