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Archive for November, 2015

A TOAST to the Lightner Museum!

          If you have ever been to the Lightner Museum, you may have noticed a small exhibit, tucked away amidst hundreds of glass and porcelain figures of old fashioned toasters. Many overlook it, and some don’t even notice it. But, the small toaster exhibit on the second floor holds a special place in…

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What do the Lightner Museum (St. Augustine, Florida), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York) have in common?

  Monumental Malachite Urns, of course!       Malachite, a carbonated mineral associated with copper ores (from which it gets its green color), grows in layers whose intensity of color correlates with different crystal sizes as it is being formed over thousands of years.             By far the largest…

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