Northumberland on the Nile
Saturday December 1 at 2 pm, Mary J Benson Branch
Ancient Egypt has long captivated the minds and hearts of enterprising and adventurous locals since before confederation. A group of pioneering Canadians made the journey to Egypt in the late 1850s/1860s, blazing a new trail of early travel and antiquity buying. Then, in the early 1900s, Port Hope resident Dr. Charles Currelly made exceptional archaeological discoveries in Middle and Upper Egypt – including unearthing a New Kingdom pyramid! With a little help from friends, he brought home a treasure trove of antiquities for the opening of his new Royal Ontario Museum in 1914. In this lively talk with a local Egyptologist, we’ll explore the fascinating tales of Northumberland residents on the Nile – and learn the exciting experiences of a local group who just returned from Egypt!
Presented by Laura Ranieri: an Egyptologist, writer and the founder of Ancient Egypt Alive – based in Port Hope and Toronto. She has written (and presented) extensively on ancient Egypt at museums and libraries across Canada and in the US – and just returned from leading her 10th tour to Egypt.