A colorful selection of rock and mineral specimens from the personal collection of UB Associate Librarian Jill Hackenberg, “Treasures of the Earth: Rocks and Minerals from Around the World”, is on display in Silverman Library, Capen Hall, North Campus. The exhibit features clusters of minerals from various locations, including Russia, Australia and Arizona, and includes some unusual specimens that visitors may not have previously encountered. Over 100 items are on display in this exhibit on the 2nd floor of Capen Hall.
Jill’s interest in rocks and minerals dates back to her childhood. “I’ve always loved gemstones,” she notes. “I majored in geology at the University of Pittsburgh, though eventually decided I’d rather enjoy minerals in a museum or my personal collection, rather than going out in the field digging for them. My focus now is on adding unusual items to my collection, rather than specimens which I already own.”
Her advice to others interested in starting their own rock collection? Visit local trade shows, such as those listed at: http://www.mineralfest.com/calendar.html. Buy what you truly love, or just enjoy with your eyes, without buying; it helps with the backache that can result from multiple purchases at these shows! Also, label/document everything; as your collection grows, it may prove difficult to remember what’s what.
If you have your own collection of stones, or merely an interest in geology, consider joining the Buffalo Geological Society http://www.bgsny.org. This organization sponsors the annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show at the Erie County Fairgrounds.