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U of M Egypt Institute Will Feature Wonders of Ancient Egypt March 21 at Family Day University News
For release: March 13, 2009

For press information, contact Dr. Patricia Podzorski, 901-678-2649

Egyptian Family Day
Travel back in time and explore the wonders of ancient Egypt during the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology’s Ancient Egyptian Family Day at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Designed to introduce children to the art and culture of ancient Egypt in a fun and creative environment, the event will let kids write their name in hieroglyphs, draw like an Egyptian, make a copy of an ancient Egyptian amulet, or color a mask while learning about ancient Egyptian gods.

The popular “School for Scribes” will be available again this year. In an intensive one-hour workshop, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian language, how the ancient Egyptian language was rediscovered, and the role that the famous Rosetta Stone played in that discovery. To participate, children must be at least 10 years old.  (Because the class size for the “School for Scribes” is limited, reservations are required; call 901-678-2649.)

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free parking is available in the Central Avenue parking lot; paid parking is available in the Fogelman garage on Innovation Drive, off of Central Avenue just east of Patterson Street.

The Art Museum is located on the first floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building, Room 142, on the U of M campus.

The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) maintain the largest public collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Mid-South. More than 150 objects are on display, representing 4,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. Exhibits include mummies, royal statuary, amulets, jewelry, tomb furnishings, and items from everyday life.

More about Family Day is online at:  http://academic.memphis.edu/egypt/familyday.html

For further information, call 901-678-2649.


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