Charles Currelly: Canada’s Museum Maker and Port Hope’s Unsung Hero
Come hear about the remarkable life, legacy and adventures of ROM founder Dr. Charles Currelly, a larger-than-life character whose talent, luck, charisma -- and pioneering Egypt archaeology and collecting coups – led to the creation of Canada’s first world-class museum. From small town boy and Methodist missionary through excavating at Egypt’s most important sites, rubbing shoulders with the world’s cultural elite, Currelly’s storied life is an enthralling and engaging tale to tell.
Currelly’s family has deep roots in Port Hope – and Currelly himself retired here and lies in the Canton cemetery. Join director of Ancient Egypt Alive Laura Ranieri – a recent Port Hope resident whose MA thesis concerned Currelly’s cultural impact – for an exciting presentation celebrating this often-overlooked Canadian icon.
Saturday January 27, 2018 at 2pm, Mary J Benson Branch
About the speaker: Laura Ranieri is an Egyptologist (University of Toronto), writer and founder-director of Ancient Egypt Alive (www.ancientegyptalive.com) She has excavated in Egypt at the site of Amarna and Asasif - and has developed/led specialized Egyptian history tours. As an educator, she has presented extensively on ancient Egypt at museums, symposiums and libraries across North America.