Saturday, February 03, 2007

STILL WAITING: The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition in Kansas City starts on the 7th of February, and their arrival is presumably imminent:
Stage is set for Dead Sea Scrolls' arrival in KC
By: Barbara Bayer, Staff Writer February 02, 2007

After months of preparation, the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit will open next week at Kansas City's Union Station.

An Opening Festival, with a late-1940s Middle Eastern theme, takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The exhibit itself opens to the general public on Thursday, Feb. 8, continuing through May 13.

This is the only time the scrolls will be exhibited in the Midwest. The next stop is San Diego. From there, Union Station officials believe the scrolls will return to Israel and stay there. As of Monday this week, more than 26,000 tickets had been pre-sold, according to Sarah Biles, director of communications. (For ticket information, see box, Page 7)

Linda Segebrecht, Dead Sea Scrolls project manager, said organizers expect big crowds.

"On Saturdays and Sundays, we could have up to 5,000 people each day. It is just amazing what ticket sales are," she said.

Union Station has been preparing for the exhibit since Jan. 7. Once the scrolls themselves arrive, a team of three Israel Antiquities Authority officials - Pnina Shor, head of the artifacts treatment and conservation department; Lena Libman, chief conservator of the scrolls; and Hava Katz, chief curator of national treasures - will finalize the setup of the exhibit.

For those are able to attend, there's lots of detailed information on the exhibit.

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