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ORIENTAL INSTITUTE LEGACY CAMPAIGN

The Faculty and Staff of the Oriental Institute invite you to the

Legacy Campaign Cornerstone Ceremony


Thursday 12 June 1997, 11:00 AM-12:00 NOON
East Lawn, 1155 East 58th Street
(773) 702-9513

Please join us to mark the historic occasion of setting the cornerstone for the Institute's new wing.

We will gather on the east lawn beside the Institute for a champagne reception with:

  • Remarks by University of Chicago President Hugo F. Sonnenschein
  • Reenactment of an ancient Assyrian ritual for the laying of a cornerstone. The priest fashions a figurine of clay, obtains from the wood-carver additional figurines of juniper, oak, cedar, pine and wax, embellishes them with products purchased from the jeweler, weaver, and other merchants, and places them ceremonially upon the cornerstone. After enactment of additional rituals, he then buries some figurines at the doorways of the building. Others he places in the corner-stone and invites Cornerstone Society donors to deposit their mementos alongside them. The priest then summons the King (the Director of the Oriental Institute) and his entourage (the entire audience) to a celebration repast.
  • Celebrate our Legacy!


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    Revised: June 1, 1997
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