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Holiday open house at Zuhl Museum to be held

New Mexico State University's Zuhl Museum will hold a holiday open house Thanksgiving weekend from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26.

The open house, which will have fun activities for children, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The museum is located on the NMSU campus at 775 College Drive in the Alumni and Visitors Center near the windmills and next to the university police station. Visitor parking is free and easy.

The Zuhl Museum features a world-class collection of fossils. There are dinosaur bones and eggs, ammonites, turtles, an ichthyosaur, a dragonfly, a bat and much more. The collection also includes petrified wood of many colors, species, shapes and sizes.

There are many beautiful minerals in the collection. These include familiar minerals such as amethyst, rhodochrosite, garnet and malachite, as well as less familiar ones such as stibnite.

"This event is family entertainment for kids of all ages. It is the perfect way to complete your Thanksgiving holiday," said Marilyn Huff, the museum's curator.

The Zuhl Library and the Zuhl Museum were named after Joan and Herbert Zuhl, who collected, sold and displayed petrified wood, fossils, minerals and rocks for more than 30 years. In April 2000, the Zuhls generously donated their personal collection of specimens to NMSU to be put on permanent display on campus and to be used for teaching purposes by the Department of Geological Sciences.

For more information, call Huff at (505) 646-4714 or (505) 526-1884 or e-mail her at huff@nmsu.edu.

Jeanette Smith, (505) 646-7492
November 17, 2006