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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Lighting ➔ Bobeches, Yellow Vaseline Glass (2)

Identifier:
162764
Description:
Uranium glass is glass which has had uranium, usually in oxide diurinate form, added to a glass mix before melting for coloration

The normal colour of uranium glass ranges from yellow to green depending on the oxidation state and concentration of the metal ions, although this may be altered by the addition of other elements as glass colorants.  Uranium glass also flouresces bright green under ultraviolet light and can register above background radiation on a sufficiently sensitive Geiger Counter, although most pieces of uranium glass are considered to be harmless and only negligibly radioactive.
Materials:
Glass
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Estate Of Dr. Ruth Herrick
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Science Tuesday: Creepy Chemistry (October 2017)
Science Tuesdays is an ongoing educational experience, offering science programming based on changing themes each month. Science Tuesdays take place throughout the day on Tuesdays at the Museum and include a variety of activities and interactive displays.
Maker/Donor
Estate of Ruth Herrick
Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.