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ORIENTAL INSTITUTE LEGACY CAMPAIGN

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

Thursday, 15 August 1996

11:00 am - 12:00 noon

1155 East 58th Street [south lawn]

Chicago, Illinois


It gives me great pleasure to announce the start of construction at the Oriental Institute. For the first time since 1931 our research facility and Museum will be expanded and equipped with advanced climate control. Truly this is a cause for celebration! Please join us to mark this historic occasion.

The ceremony, with a champagne reception, will feature remarks by University President Hugo Sonnenschein an honor roll of leadership and memorial donors. A brief program will return us to some of the Oriental Institute's earliest endeavors and roots with a reenactment of ancient Egyptian building rituals: "driving in the stakes" (to survey foundation footprint), "hacking the earth" (equivalent to turning the first shovel of earth for the foundation), scattering white plaster and burning incense to purify the building, and placing inscribed bricks in the foundation trenches.

From these ancient, timeless ceremonies the building project will lead us into the twenty-first century with facilities meeting our research, teaching, and public outreach needs. The project will provide both a new wing and renovation of the existing building: climate control throughout the public galleries, air conditioning in the auditorium and Research Archives, a new Archaeology Research Center, a new public activity center for volunteers and educational programming, new library stacks, and a state-of-the-art Conservation Center.

As we enter this final phase of the Legacy Campaign I hope you will join the Institute family of faculty, members, and friends to commemorate groundbreaking for our new wing and the start of major renovations.

Celebrate our Legacy!

Sincerely,
William M. Sumner, Director
The Oriental Institute


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