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Museum History

The geology museum at Mott Community College got its humble start in 1959 in the form of just a few hallway displays constructed by faculty member Ben Moulten. Throughout the next ten years new displays were added and the collection grew further under Wayne Haglund.  Chester Wilson became the director of the collection in 1969 and through his efforts the number of displays expanded steadily.  This was made possible with a wide variety of support and contributions from many organizations and individuals, including the Flint Rock & Gem Club, the Michigan Geology & Gem Craft Society, and the Student Geology Club.  Chester Wilson also included in the museum many of his personal specimens accumulated throughout his career.  The museum was renamed in honor of Chester Wilson and his efforts on September 23, 1991 to the Chester H. Wilson Geology Museum.  The Gorman Science Center was gutted for a complete renovation in 1995 and the museum, then located on the third floor, was dismantled and packed away.  Chester Wilson retired before the museum could be reassembled and geology faculty member Sheila Swyrtek restored and updated the many displays.  The museum’s new home is now located on the first floor of the Gorman Science Center on Mott’s main campus in Flint, Michigan



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