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Larry Stifler '59


Larry Stifler’s Maine Mineral and Gem Museum is back open and getting excellent ratings from visitors. The Stiflers have kept busy giving talks, being politically active and being involved in education with their foundation.


Larry Stifler has recently opened the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel, Maine, starting right at the top as one of the finest in the world, with a large collection of extraterrestrial minerals and gems, some 40,000 of the nation’s finest terrestrial minerals and gem specimens, from tourmaline to quartz, and 6,000 of the world’s foremost extraterrestrial rocks, including the four largest pieces of the moon on Earth, the largest collection of Mars meteorites, the oldest igneous rock in the solar system, and the largest piece of the Vesta asteroid. There is a good article in the Portland Herald on Nov. 29, 2019, and similar articles in the New York Times and Boston Globe on December 12 can be found on Google. Regrettably he has had to close it down for the time being due to the virus. He and his wife, Mary, have their own foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, which is very active in a variety of charitable efforts.


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