Field Museum bus trip features ‘Ancient Americas’ exhibit

FREEPORT—Freeport Arts Center (FAC) presents an extraordinary bus trip July 26 to Chicago’s Field Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of the recently opened “Ancient Americas” exhibit.

Following the visit to the Field Museum, the group will proceed to the Douglas Dawson Gallery, where they specialize in ancient and historic non-Western artifacts.

The “Ancient Americas” exhibit contains more than 2,200 artifacts and spans more than 13,000 years of evolution. Peer into the past, and take this journey to discover firsthand the ways Paleo-Indians were able to adapt to the stresses of everyday life by honing their creative and innovative skills. View the incredible legacy of art and craftsmanship created by such cultures as the Clovis, Mississippian and Hopewell Native Americans. See what life was like for the ancient Aztecs and Incas, and gain a greater appreciation for the technological ingenuity of people whose cultures thrived for hundreds of years.

The “Ancient Americas” exhibit opened March 9 and is the latest must-see permanent exhibit at the Field Museum. This exhibit encompasses 19,000 square feet and includes information pertaining to more than 20 distinct cultures. The FAC tour will include a presentation by exhibition developer Franck Mercurio. Time to peruse additional exhibits and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the world-renowned Field Museum will be available after the tour.

Departure from FAC will be at 7:45 a.m. with return between 6:30 and 7 p.m. The fee for members is $62 and for non-members $72. Participants are on their own for lunch. Register by calling FAC at (815) 235-9755. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration unless paying in full. FAC accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express.

FAC is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m., Saturday. Tours may be scheduled by calling (815) 235-9755 or visit

from the July 18-24, 2007, issue

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