In 1990, Theodore Schultz donated approximately 1000 beautifully polished semi-precious stones to South Whitley Community Public Library. The stones in his collection came from all over the world and are now housed in cases in the library’s east room on the main level.
He was not a mineralogist, Schultz always said, he was “just a rock polisher.” His hobby, however, was enjoyed at a professional level, and three of his stones are still housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
The Schultz Gem Collection has many rare stones, such as Hovlandie (from Minnesota), and Chanoite (from Siberia). Most spectacular, perhaps, are trays of Australian opals and lapis lazuli. The picture agates are a favorite among visitors.
Over 30 years ago, when Mr. Schultz made his generous donation, there was no adequate space to showcase these beautiful stones. The community was made aware of this situation and local businesses, foundations and residents came together to raise money to build an addition to South Whitley Community Public Library. Thanks to Mr. Schultz and these groups, the library gained a wonderful collection and was able to expand for the first time since the 1970s.
For more information on the collection, consider contacting library patrons Jim Hayes and Nick Smith because they are very knowledgeable about this truly magnificent collection. To contact Hayes or Smith, please call SWCPL at 260-723-5321.