- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s auditorium is being converted into a mineral and gem exhibit thanks to a $4 million donation.

The gift comes courtesy of David Friend, founder of Web-based backup company Carbonite.

Friend graduated from Yale University in 1969. Museum officials tell the New Haven Register that Friend plans to create an endowment supporting the display and programs in the renovated space.

Friend said in a statement he pictures the space dedicated to the “beauty and wonder of nature” and an inspiration for interest in Earth sciences.

The museum’s mineral and gem collection is one of the oldest in the country.

The hall is being named after Friend and is scheduled for completion in 2016, the museum’s 150th anniversary.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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