When the new exhibit Transformation opens at the Ohio History Center in Columbus on Sept. 11, 2013, you can see five objects from Ohio Historical Society collections that represent powerful moments of transformation in history.
Explores the Transformation Process
The exhibit starts with a basic understanding of transformation as the act, process or instance of changing in character or condition, then goes deeper to explore the complexity of the transformation process.
Designed to Raise Questions and Spark Conversation
“The exhibit is designed to raise questions and spark conversation about what it means to be transformed and to transform,” says Shannon Thomas of the Ohio Historical Society. “Visitors can expect to examine different types of transformations and the short- and long-term impact of transformations on a person and on history."
Features Five Transformative Objects
Curators have chosen objects that embody the scope of transformation. “We wanted the objects to be different because difference sparks conversation,” says Jason Crabill of the Ohio Historical Society.
• Amunet, the 2,000-year-old-Egyptian mummy given to the society in the 1920s, who undergoes a transformation from object to person.
• A Max Factor vaudeville make-up kit from the 1920s that showcases the ease and power of personal and physical transformation.
• Segments of the rope used to hang the Lincoln assassination conspirators, exploring the national transformation the conspirators initiated and the transformation from life to death.
• A dress worn by Miss America 1963, Jackie Mayer of Sandusky, highlighting the private transformation that occurs when one accepts a public role.
• “Buttons,” long considered the last wild passenger pigeon, shot in Pike County, Ohio, in 1900. Its death prompts questions of how humans transform the natural world through seemingly insignificant acts.
From Object to Person: Amunet
The star of the exhibit is Amunet, the Ohio Historical Society’s 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy, who has undergone a remarkable transformation thanks to the 21st-century 3-D imaging technology of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The presentation of Amunet’s story allows visitors to see the mummy in a completely unique way by viewing digital images from the CT scan, a 3-D printing of Amunet’s skull and a 3-D reconstruction of Amunet’s face and head.
“Technology has brought us closer to Amunet. Seeing her face will allow us to see her as the person she was 2,000 years ago,” says Linda Pansing, curator of archaeology for the Ohio Historical Society.
Planning Your Visit
Transformation opens at the Ohio History Center in Columbus on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The exhibit is free with Ohio History Center museum admission, which is $10/adult, $9/senior, $5/ages 6–12 and Free/age 5 and under. Ohio Historical Society members enjoy free admission to the Ohio History Center museum and Transformation. Museum hours are Wednesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday Noon–5 p.m. Questions? Call 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.
Transformation will be on exhibit at the Ohio History Center through March 30, 2014.
Join us Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, from 5-9 p.m. for An Evening with Amunet, the Ohio Historical Society’s Egyptian mummy. Hear experts on hand for this special event reveal new information about her, and see a newly completed 3-D reconstruction of her face. And, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample beer inspired by ancient Egyptian ingredients! $15 ($11/Ohio Historical Society member) in advance by Sept. 4 or $20 ($15/Ohio Historical Society member) at the door Sept. 7. 800.686.1541.