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Journeys of Discovery: History comes alive at U. Michigan's Archeology Museum

Thomas Wilmer
Exact recreation of fresco from Pompeii on display at Kelsey Museum of Archeology at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Dr. Catherine Person, director of education at the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Kelsey specializes in Classical, Egyptian, and Near Eastern archeology and sponsors ongoing field research. 

The museum houses more than 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the Mediterranean and the Near East. Community outreach is central to the Kelsey’s mission, engaging the community from kindergarteners through retirees.

The Kelsey is also home to the University of Michigan’s graduate program in Classical Art and Archeology.

This show was originally broadcast December 30, 2019 and is reposted as a Best-of-the-Best show from the archives of Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer in celebration of 32 years producing on-air and digital media shows for NPR affiliate KCBX.

Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on the NPR Podcast DirectoryiHeartRadioApple Podcast.

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Egyptian artifacts abound at Kelsey Museum of Archeology at University of Michigan Ann Arbor.



Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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