Sending an email miles away is a piece of cake in this day and age, but the written word experienced many radical changes and developments to get to this point. Over the course of five thousand years, changes in written language and how individuals wrote messages changed how human beings recorded their existence and communicated with each other.
The Museum of World Treasures invites you to explore these changes in our upcoming new Rotating Gallery exhibit, Transcribing History: Pictographs, Parchment, and the Printing Press. Visit for a glimpse into the history of one of the most important aspects of any civilization and discover how cuneiform on clay tablets paved the way for text messages on smartphones. Experience how the simple act of writing affects many aspects of everyday life and ultimately provides the power to change the world.
The Museum’s Rotating Gallery hosts new temporary exhibits on an annual basis. Each year, our Exhibits Committee selects a Student Curator to research, design, and direct the creation of this exhibit under the guidance of the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard. This year’s Student Curator, Emily Simon, is a Newman University student studying English and history, with a minor in international studies.
Commenting on her experience as Student Curator, Simon remarked, “Working on this exhibit has been challenging, but there’s something very rewarding in researching pieces of history and sharing that information. I hope many people will come and visit the Museum because I can’t wait to tell them what I’ve learned!”
The Museum will host an exclusive opening for members and special guests from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The opening will feature fun activities, foods from local businesses, and a chance to talk with the Student Curator and other staff about the exhibit and the Museum. This exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, February 28.
For more information, please visit our website or call 316.263.1311.