Death of a Museum

CEDAR FALLS --- Michael Stahr pulls open a storage drawer at the University Museum and gazes at the collection of objects at his gloved fingertips. He hefts a rock specimen in his hand and examines it, replaces it and scribbles on his clipboard.

"I'm going through the entire geological collection and judging which rocks are best to keep in the collection," said the Davenport senior who will graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in May with an earth sciences degree. "I'm getting actual experience and using my expertise."

Seated at a desk nearby, Reinbeck graduate student Zach Moye carefully handles a worn leather holster and a stack of frayed drab olive green knapsacks. He started cataloging Civil War military memorabilia months ago, then items from the Spanish-American War and now pieces from World War I.

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