Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Green Collection
Yesterday we went to see the Green Collection of ancient texts and artifacts at the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University. The collection belongs to the Green family who founded and owns Hobby Lobby, and they allow the collection to be viewed by the public. They had it in Oklahoma City last year, but we weren't able to go then, so we were very excited that it was coming right here to Tulsa.
There was also a lecture scheduled for the morning, but the speaker's flight got delayed so it was cancelled. I was so disappointed since David and I were going to have a little "date" morning out.
So, we came up with plan B. I hate when things change. I'm not a spontaneous person, unless it involves buying and eating chocolate, so any time plans change it just throws me for a loop. But, I was able to regroup and we decided that plan B would be to drop Brittany off at work and take all the kids to just view the collection (and it was free.)
About six years ago we took the kids to see the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit at The Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Most of the kids were pretty young then, and as much explaining as I tried to do about what we were going to see, I think the kids though we were going to see some sort of dead animals or bugs.
Anyway, since the scrolls are in such delicate conditions, they are under lock and key and blue lights. I found them to be quite fascinating-looking at something that someone else held in their hands so long ago. But, I don't think the kids thought they were quite that fascinating. I think they enjoyed weather forecasting in the museum and the IMAX Nile movie better.
This time around I tried to keep reminding them, "Remember when we went to see the Dead Sea Scrolls? This is like that."
"Are we going anywhere else after that?"
The Green Collection has some facsimiles of a few of the Dead Sea Scrolls, some middle age texts and Bibles, and some first, second and third century texts, along with some cuneiform artifacts and quite a few other things. I thought it was definately worth going to see.