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Brown Bag Lunch: Continuing Saga of the Canopus Stone


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Many of you have seen the two cabinets with the plaster casts of Monmouth College’s Canopus Stone (AKA Tanis Stone) on the Upper Level of Hewes Library…but do you really know the fascinating story behind them. Monmouth College’s Library Director, Rick Sayre, will share what he has learned about our Canopus Stone over the past twenty years, how it found its way to a new Presbyterian college on the Illinois prairie and what happened after it arrived. Learn why the Canopus Stone has been considered to be the second-most important discovery next to the Rosetta Stone for 19th century archaeology. And much more! It’s a story that connects Monmouth College to ancient Egypt, early calendar reform, 19th century archaeology, Presbyterian missionaries, the Smithsonian Institution and the history of Monmouth College.

This will be a brown bag lunch. Please RSVP to rsayre@monmouthcollege.edu if you plan to attend so we can be sure the area is set to accommodate everyone.