Imagine a world in which the latest ideas traveled not by wireless networks but by camel.
Centuries ago, merchants, missionaries and other travelers made their way across Asia, along the enormous trade network known as the Silk Road. Over rugged mountains and forbidding deserts, camel caravans loaded with precious cargo made possible the exchange of valuable goods, ideas and innovations. Named for the fabric that enticed traders from all over the world, the Silk Road spanned the far reaches of China to the center of the Islamic world from A.D. 600 to 1200.
The exhibition, free with Cleveland Museum of Natural History admission, opened in New York and then went to Asia, Rome, Los Angeles and now Cleveland. Cleveland is the first city in the area to host this fascinating exhibit.
Dr. Evalyn Gates, Executive Director & CEO at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, welcomed a group of supporters to the opening celebration of the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit on Friday May 31, 2014. Dr. Gates said that the diverse and supportive community in Cleveland has helped the Museum display great science and great cultures. She led a toast to the exhibit and introduced some of the Museum's key staff.
Dr. Evalyn Gates
Chace Anderson, President of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, welcomed supporters to the opening celebration of the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit.
Robert H. Jackson, scholar, writer, collector and adventure traveler, shared some of his travels in the countries along the Silk Road.
(Video highlights from his speech soon)
Dr. Gates thanked the sponsors of the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit.
Dr. Evalyn Gates
Traveling the Silk Road sponsors
Enjoy the following pages featuring highlights from the exhibit and the opening celebration.
Highlights from the Traveling the Silk Road Exhibit
Dragon Dance at Traveling the Silk Road Opening Celebration
Chinese Dance by Yin Tang at Traveling the Silk Road Opening Celebration
Indian Kathak and Tap Dance by Antara Datta and Tim J Hickey
People Page - Faces in the Crowd at Traveling the Silk Road Opening Celebration
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