Rockford native James Henry Breasted honored

WTTW documentaries May 27 and 28 celebrate Oriental Institute’s 85th anniversary

Chicago—Since its founding on May 13, 1919, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has been recognized as one of the city’s most important academic institutions. As the world’s leading center for study into the history, culture and languages of the first civilizations, the Oriental Institute is known for its captivating exhibits, constructed largely from archaeological excavations throughout the Middle East, from Turkey to Iran to Egypt.

In celebration of the Oriental Institute’s 85th anniversary, WTTW-11 presents two documentaries that chronicle the history of the Institute and the life of its founder, James Henry Breasted—both produced by Emmy Award-winner Leonard Aronson.

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