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K-State Today

October 3, 2013

Speaker talks about Holophusicon, Leverian Museum tonight

Submitted by Cindi Morris

Adrienne Kaeppler, curator of oceanic ethnology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, will discuss her book which recounts her 40-year journey tracking down the Leverian Museum's collection at 6 p.m. today at the Beach Museum.

In the 1800s, the entire contents of London, England's Leverian Museum — also known as the Holophusicon, a popular and eclectic assortment of artifacts and art objects from around the world — was sold at auction.

A reception following the presentation will be in the UMB Theater. Kaeppler's book will be available for purchase.

This is presented in collaboration with the K-State Libraries in support of the Museum of Wonder exhibition.