Community Scholar Talk at Glencoe Public Library
The Community Scholars Program provides presentations on themes ranging from exhibition highlights to our archaeological research and discoveries.
Ancient Egypt: The Ancient Egyptian Collection of the Oriental Institute Museum
Speaker: Foy Scalf, PhD, Head of Research Archives
The Oriental Institute Museum houses one of the most important collections of Egyptian antiquities in North America consisting of over 25,000 artifacts obtained through early purchases, shares of finds from jointly sponsored expeditions, and the Oriental Institute's own excavations in Egypt. Much is owed to the pioneering vision of James Henry Breasted, founder of the Oriental Institute, who was responsible for acquiring large portions of the material in the early 20th century. Breasted saw the value of building a wide-ranging collection that reflected the many facets of ancient Egyptian life and culture. The museum on the south side of Chicago thereby became a premiere institution for the study and public display of Egyptian antiquities. This talk will provide an introduction to the Egyptian collection of the Oriental Institute, covering its foundation, its growth, and its many highlights including a statue of King Tutankhamun, which is the tallest Egyptian statue in the western hemisphere.