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April 2014

As many of you have figured out, I no longer update this web page each month. One reason is that I have had to decrease expenses this past few years as the poor economy in Michigan has decreased Gitche Gumee sales. The other reason is that there are a lot of other options available these days to disseminate information. I post pictures nearly every day to my blog at Many subjects are covered, but I occasionally include photos of agates on the blog. I also post photos on my personal Facebook page at . If you search for my name associated with this page, it is Karen Ann Penegor Brzys. I set up a separate page for the museum at . This page is administered by a separate Facebook page that I don’t post to, under the name Karen Brzys.

If it is agate photos that you want to see on the Internet, there are numerous Facebook groups created just for rockhounds. I am a member of:

There are a few rock swapping sites on Facebook, too, but I have not been posting on them. The Banded Agate Collectors site is closed to new members, but the other sites are available. For the international pages, it has been fun to see high quality photos of agates from all over the world.


I would also like to report on the progress (or lack of) regarding the online rockhounding classes. For whatever reason, not as many people as I had hoped have signed up for the classes. I think when it comes right down to it, the time that people spend on the internet is dominated by the social media sites. I am not going to make any decisions until the end of the year, but if sales don’t pick up after a summer of pushing the class – I am not sure I am going to put the time required to develop a third class. If I do not develop another class, I will give those who paid for the Full Subscription options for either receiving a partial refund, or Gitche Gumee credits.

In the meantime, I will soon start work on developing another DVD. The first DVD on How to Find Agates has been professionally mastered, duplicated, and packaged into a jewel case. I have been and will continue to market the DVD in an attempt to increase Gitche Gumee Museum sales. The next DVD will be about Arizona geology and will cover the red rocks of Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and the Petrified National Forest. Once this DVD project has been completed, I will decide whether it is worth the time to develop an online class on Arizona geology. Given the downturn in sales, my job now is to keep the doors of the museum open. I have to make sure that the time I do spend on projects, is spent moving the museum’s business in the right direction. If any of you museum supporters have an opinion about whether I should develop another online class or produce additional DVDs, please send me your feedback to

Finally, I have received emails asking when the museum will open for the season. Due to a busy show schedule in May, as well as a speaking engagement at a rock club banquet in May – I will not be able to open the museum until the week before Memorial Day. I am still working on talking with my volunteers, but I know I will not be at the museum on Saturday, May 24th since I have a family gathering that I must attend. Hopefully I can get one of my volunteers to work the museum that Saturday. I will return to work the museum the following day on Sunday May 25th.

Happy rockhounding!

Karen Brzys
Gitche Gumee Museum
E21739 Brazel Street, PO Box 308
Grand Marais, MI 49839 or
906-494-3000 Museum
906-494-2590 Home number
906-450-5033 (Cell phone -- not always turned on. I use it only when I travel.)

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The museum's hours are:

End of May, beginning the week before Memorial Day. Sunday thru Friday 2-5 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm
June—Open every day Sunday thru Friday 2-5 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm
July and August—Open every day Monday thru Saturday 11-6 pm
(New Hours)
Sunday 2-5 pm
September—Open every day Sunday thru Friday 2-5 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm
October – end of May I am traveling a lot during these months exhibiting my mineral art at shows. Please call 906-494-2590 at least a week in advance of your visit. A donation or purchase is requested for all private appointments.

Art and Mineral Show and Agate Talk Schedule

  • May 3-4, 2014 EXHIBIT BOOTH – 12th Annual Cuyuna Agate & Mineral Show
    • Located at Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 2000 S. E. 13th Street, Brainerd MN  56401. Show hours are Saturday 9-5; Sunday 10-4. Show happens rain or shine. Show includes vendors, exhibits, crafts, art, jewelry, demonstrations, displays, flint knappers, ask-the-wizard of rocks, kids’ korner activities, free prizes for kids, door prizes, rock cutting, and concessions. More information is available at:
  • May 9-11 2014 EXHIBIT BOOTH – TV6 Marquette.MI Mother’s Day Craft Show
  • July 19-20, 2014 EXHIBIT BOOTH – 45rd Annual Moose Lake, MN Agate Day
  • August 2, 2014 EXHIBIT BOOTH – 39th Annual Upper Peninsula Gem and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club
    • Located at Ishpeming Elks Club Hall, 597 Lake Shore Dr., Ishpeming, MI. Show hours are Saturday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. The show includes free admission; kids' area, silent auction, hourly prizes, raffle, demonstrations, & dealers. FIELD TRIPS associated with the show happen on Friday and Sunday. There is also a Cracker Barrel session Saturday evening at 7pm with live mineral auction, raffle, food, and a speaker. For more information Contact Ernest Johnson, 1962 W. Fair, Marquette, MI 49855, phone 906-228-9422, e-mail:
  • September 13 & 14, 2014 EXHIBIT BOOTH and AGATELADY TALKS – 6th Annual Muskellunge State Park Annual Rock On Agate Show
    • Located at 30042 County Road 407 in Deer Park, MI half way between Newberry and Grand Marais,. Show hours have not yet been announced but they will be all day on Saturday and Sunday. Camping is available. I will be giving a talk on both days. The show includes rock dealers, food dealers, kids games, presentations, demonstrations, rock cutting and polishing services, silent auctions, and more. For more information please call 906-658-3338. Information about last year’s show is available at:
  • October 24-26, 2014 EXHIBIT BOOTH -- 49th Annual Central Michigan Lapidary & Mineral Society Show
    • Main Arena, Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854. Event hours are Friday 6:00 to 9:00, Saturday 10:00 to 7:00, and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00. Show includes vendors, exhibits, crafts, art, jewelry, demonstrations, displays, flint knappers, rock identification, kids’ activities, free prizes for kids, door prizes, rock cutting, and more, For more information please go to
  • December 5-7, 2014 EXHIBIT BOOTH – TV6 Marquette.MI Christmas Craft Show


April 2014 Update

Tiger Eye
LS Agate
History’s Gem of the Month
1930s Sault Ste. Marie Souvenir Book
Soo Locks
On-line Gift Shop
New How to Find Agates DVD
(NEW version that has been professionally mastered!)
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Information about
scheduling private, in-home private art shows
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Arizona Trip
Media Coverage
Petoskey News
Agate Photo
Testimonial from a Mineral Art customer
Laura's Lamp


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