Casey Kirwan, Civic Engagement Self Reflection

1665 Words Jul 13th, 2015 7 Pages
Casey Kirwan, Civic Engagement Self-Reflection Essay, July 13, 2015. At the beginning of this summer, I embarked on a journey through history by going to the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The museum is one of my favorites because of its variety of exhibits of history in both science and art. With every trip, the museum always has something new to offer. Going to the museum felt like a completely new experience with the new perspective I have coming from this class. There were many parts of history to look at, but the ones that stood out to me the most was their exhibit on Ancient Egypt. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit’s information on the artifacts and the funerary practices of this ancient world. Entering the Egyptian room, you are greeted with a large wooden boat. It’s the first thing people see and is actually a real highlight piece for not only the exhibit, but for the whole museum. This boat was said to be nearly 4,000 years old. It was discovered in the mid-1890s. The wooden work of art was used for funerals, specifically of royal leaders. It measures about 30-feet long to carry the body and other items for funerary rituals. As I went through the exhibit, there were many displays of various tools and crafted jewelry and pottery. It was incredible to me to see pottery, even if in pieces, that was recovered from so long ago. Some of the display cases even held broken off pieces of wall that featured hieroglyphics etched into…
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