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minerals exhibited at the Fair

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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is holding its annual mineral vault tours. I went on the tour this morning, hosted by Earth Sciences Curator Anna Domitrovic. My jaw dropped when she brought out two specimens, one known to be shown at the World's Columbian Exposition in the Arizona exhibit, and another said to shown at the Exposition, although the documentation doesn't go back that far.

Mineral exhibited at 1893 World's Fair.jpg

Mineral said to be exhibited at 1893 World's Fair.jpg

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Very cool! It is amazing to learn that so many of the items on display in 1893 still exists in collections around the world. The Field Museum in Chicago pulled out bottles of oil from 1893 during one recent exhibit on the Columbian Exposition.

I've added the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to our (still new and growing) Google map of site pertaining to the 1893 World's Fair:  https://worldsfairchicago1893.com/home/sites/

Thanks for letting us know about these gems!

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