This summer, the Grand Prairie Libraries welcome a traveling exhibition, and a fascinating slate of programs on Egyptian history.
During the month of June, the Grand Prairie Main Library hosts Treasures of Tutankhamun, an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Tutankhamun is the most familiar and most popular of ancient Egyptian rulers. When Howard Carter found his tomb in 1922, the whole world paid attention. When his treasures toured the United States, unprecedented crowds lined up to view and learn. The Treasures of Tutankhamun, based on the major traveling display, has been reconstructed to tell the story of Tutankhamun as it was told through Carter’s discovery. The traveling exhibit will be supplemented with items from the personal collection of Rollin Phipps.
On Monday, June 10, Mr. Phipps presents The Life of King Tut, a free program for adults on the boy king. The small tomb Howard Carter discovered contained some 5000 objects which had been untouched for 3,300 years. This special program will discuss what we know about of the life of this young ruler, and the treasures which were buried with him. This program is at 7 pm at the Main Library.
Mr. Phipps will also be at the Main Library earlier that day, as part of the Summer Reading Club Kickoff for children. He will offer several chances for kids to hear about King Tut between 10 am and noon.
Egyptian Jewelry is a program for adults at the Warmack Branch on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 pm. One of the great abilities of the Egyptians was the creation of beautiful jewelry. This program will include a display of ancient rings, necklaces, and bracelets which date back to 1000 BC. The program will discuss the skill and technique involved in the production of jewelry as well as the artistry of the items. If you enjoy wearing beautiful items, this is a program you will never forget!
Mr. Phipps will also present Mummies: Wrapped for Eternity. This special program will discuss the facts and myths surrounding the Egyptian practice of mummification. Rollin Phipps will demonstrate the procedure and show the equipment which was used. The discussion will include a display of ancient artifacts. Wednesday, June 26 at 1:00 pm at the Main Library, for ages 12 and up.
Rollin Phipps has been working in the field of Egyptology since 1980. He was an administrator and teacher at U.T.A. for almost 20 years. His collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt have been exhibited at many colleges and libraries. He has written three books on Egypt, and spoken to libraries, civic groups, and churches. In 1984, he founded an interest group called the Metroplex Egyptian Society - the group meets each month to discuss various topics of ancient cultures.
The Grand Prairie Main Library is located at 901 Conover Drive.
The Warmack Branch Library is located at 760 Bardin Road.