Cumming Library to host traveling exhibit
Photographic display features ancient treasures from Atlanta museum

One of Forsyth County’s four library branches will host a statewide eight-panel touring photographic exhibition from a museum in Atlanta this weekend.

“Discover the Stories of Civilization: Stories of Beauty, Power, Love, Glory and Faith” highlights 15 treasures from the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s collections of art from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, Africa, the Americas and Asia and will be on display at the Cumming Library Sept. 2-19 as part of a partnership between the museum and Georgia Public Library Service.

“The traveling exhibit offers a preview of the museum’s most interesting collections and is sure to spark a bit of curiosity about history and culture,” Forsyth County Public Library Program Manager Laura Bradley said.

Library patrons can also visit the Ask Us desk at any branch to request a Georgia Public Libraries Family Pass to the museum and go see the full exhibit left by ancient artists and storytellers themselves.

The Family Pass is available to library cardholders and is valid for one free admission for a group of up to six people.

“As Socrates said, ‘wisdom begins in wonder,’ and nothing instills wonder in young children like Egyptian mummies and Greek myths,” Carlos Museum Director Bonnie Speed said.

From its founding as the Emory University Museum in 1919, the museum has served generations of students, scholars, schoolchildren, history buffs, art lovers and tourists for nearly a century. Today, it welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year.

State Librarian Julie Walker said library users of all ages will enjoy this exhibit.

“This is one more wonderful way,” she said, “for public libraries to help create a more educated Georgia.”