PUBLISHED: 11:14 AM on Wednesday, March 2, 2005
'Keen Stuff' shown at City Museum
Come see what secrets lurk deep in the closets of your friends and neighbors during the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's three-part Juneau Collectors Series running through September 2005. In this series, Juneau collectors have the chance to share their private gatherings of unusual items and quirky collectibles with the public. Celebrate Volume 2 of this series with Michael Reid Hunter's Keen Stuff, at the City Museum March 4th to April 15th.

Do you know what a Herkimer Diamond is? An an hydro? How about a coprolite? Do the words oosik, meerschaum, Guerlain, or trilobite ring a bell? These are but a few of the items from Michael Reid Hunter's collection of scents, natural history, fine art, Native art, antiques, rocks and minerals, toys, and other inspirational objects. As Volume 2 in the Juneau-Douglas City Museum Collector's Series, these items are intriguing both visually and as a glimpse into the personality of the collector. Some objects, such as the plate made of iridescent butterfly wings, are obvious in their aesthetic appeal. But some things are only fully appreciated in light of the collector's keen sense of humor...for example, the collection of "extremely spotted" ivory seals. Join the City Museum in welcoming this unusual collection at the opening Friday, March 4th from 4:30 to 7:00pm.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at 4th and Main Street and is a program of Juneau Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 586-3572.