Monmouth College at the Field Museum

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On Saturday, March 18, 2006, the Department of Classics at Monmouth College took a group of eighteen students to the Field Museum in Chicago to see the special Pompeii exhibit, which included artifacts from the ancient city never before displayed outside of Italy. The students were accompanied by three MC professors, Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Dr. Vicki Wine, and Dr. James Betts. Participating students included English major Sarah Sherry who said that of her trip that "I thought the exhibit was enlightening, and I really enjoyed seeing the artwork.  One of my favorite pieces was the fresco of Apollo." Latin student Catie Bartunek said that "It was amazing to see 2000 year old history from across the world come alive just a few hours from here. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of what life was like through the few pieces of art that survived." Political Science major Dan Bliss said that "As a non-classics major, it was an outstanding opportunity to step outside of the box and experience what an important and spectacular tragedy that happened in Pompeii.  I was delighted to have had the chance to see such an exhibit."

Tickets to the Field Museum and to the Pompeii Exhibit were arranged through the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), which is based at Monmouth. The group also attended a special pre-exhibit lecture arranged by AIA. The speaker was, Cheryl Jennison, Field Museum Curator for the Pompeii Exhibit. Also attending were faculty and students from Augustana College in Rock Island and MC alumna Sylvia Zethmayr Shultz, '90.