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Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art brings ancient times into the library for presentation

Sporting a collection of artwork unique to Oklahoma and even this part of the country, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art will give local teens a chance to experience an era gone by in its program at the Shawnee Public Library, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.

The museum has worked for years with the library system’s Pottawatomie County branches in Shawnee, Tecumseh and McLoud, but this year expands for a full tour that will include a look into the mummification process that was so common in ancient Egypt and is a big part of the Mabee-Gerrer collection.

That’s one of the things that separate us, we will actually be taking ancient artifacts that students can handle with our study collection,” said Donna Merkt, Curator of Education at the museum. “It makes a difference actually getting to see and hold something as opposed to just hearing about it. It’s kind of like taking the museum right to them.

The program is for ages 12 to 17 and is part of this year’s Summer Reading Program for teens with the theme “Spark a Reaction.” Registration will be required in advance to attend.

Major sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan, The Oklahoman, the Pioneer Library System and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

For more information, visit the library or call 275-6353. 

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