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The Tech Museum
June 26, 2010
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A Great Day Off!
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Ghengis Khan Exhibit: Overview from The Tech
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  Happy 4th of July!

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If you ever took Latin, you know that studying it was usually accompanied, of necessity, by a corresponding crash course in English grammar. Today I don't think I could translate a paragraph of Latin, but I can figure out the meaning of words because of that background and I enjoy writing and re-writing sentences until they say exactly what I intend. I also studied Spanish and Italian. If you, like I, never took a course in French, we can still do better with French than any of the other romance languages. Why? Apparently the French influence is so strong in our English language that we English speakers already know 15,000 French words. That's a good reason for kids to try a week immersed in French.

If you or your children are intrigued with other languages, in addition to French, how about Spanish, or Arabic, or Dutch! Some interesting classes were just posted on the Class/Camp Calendar by Aux Tois Pommes, the fun place to pick up or brush up on a foreign language. The teachers at Aux Tois Pommes know how to make learning a foreign language fun and easy!

Happy 4th! Parmalee

 

  A Great Day Off!

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We went to The Tech to see the Gengis Khan exhibit and were not disappointed! Somehow the history classes I took barely touched upon Ghengis Khan in the 13th century so I was curious. I overheard an 8 year old girl exclaiming to her mother, "This is so exciting. Where did they go next?" Two teenage boys were fascinated with the weaponry so advanced for its time that it played a major part in the Khan's successful wars.  They kept telling their mother "Come see this!"

The exhibit took us sequentially from the childhood of Gengis Khan in Mongolia, through his rise to power and conquest of all lands from the Pacific to the North Seas to his statesman period to the eventual dissolution of the empire. It artfully interspersed text, artifacts and videos. The many volunteer docents throughout the museum were friendly and helpful, sharing extra tidbits about the exhibit.

(Site Photos) GenghisKhaninbattle.jpgI particularly enjoyed the model "half" ger (yurt) which was very welcoming with its round shape and colorful, decorative furniture. The warriors' armour was fascinating and included an under layer of silk because it was so effective in preventing deep penetration of arrows. Imagine that! Some wore a very fine chain mail shirt, and an outer vest of leather pieces about the size of a playing card and sewn together by leather cord. Each piece of leather had a matching size piece of metal under it. This design enabled the warriors to move quickly and easily. (We later saw a kiosk about a woman who had invented today's kevlar vest.)

One video showed modern day Mongolian riders demonstrating their skill in hitting a target while riding a horse. The secret to their accuracy was to let the arrow go when all four hooves were off the ground. The bows were so skillfully designed that these warriors could shoot twice as far (350 feet) as any contemporary civilization at that time.

(Site Photos) GenghisKhan-Karakorum.jpgEqually interesting was the section dedicated to the statesmanship of Gengis Khan. Surely he was a fierce warrior and ran a dictatorship accompanied with the violence of an empire only a few years away from existence as warring tribes, but learning about Ghengis Khan's many governing and societal innovations caused me to understand why he was so powerful and how he held together such a vast empire. For example, he tolerated all religions and anyone could advance on merit -it was a "meritocracy," not common concepts in those days. He insisted on bringing writing to his people. A "pony express" kept communication open throughout his far-flung empire. He introduced paper money to replace cumbersome coins.  There's much more, but go, please.

He was an amazing and complex man and this exhibit does well in bringing alive life as it was 800 years ago.  I was delighted to see so many parents and children engaged in the exhibit. By example, we are our children's best teachers.  I like imagining parents helping children relate what has gone before us to contemporary events. This is its only stop out west and it's only here through the summer.  It was a great day off and my batteries were fully re-charged.

Parmalee

P.S. We did a quick tour of the "techie" exhibits, very interesting and all "hands-on" --great for kids ALL ages! Imax's Hubble was awesome.  Next I want to see Arabia!

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On July 4th: Save our Shores staff and volunteers want you to join us for Beach Sweeps from 1-4pm on Main Beach, Seabright Beach, Twin Lakes Beach, Moran Lake Beach, and Seacliff/Rio Del Mar Beach.

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  Ghengis Khan Exhibit: Overview from The Tech

"Genghis Khan rose to become the most powerful man of his time; he and his descendants built the largest contiguous land empire.

On the modern map, the Mongols' conquests include 12 million square miles and nearly 30 countries with a population of more than 3 billion people.

Though unable to read, Genghis Khan gave his people a written language and a sophisticated society with fair taxation, stable government, appreciation of the arts, freedom of religion, and open trade along the Silk Road to host the exchange of goods and ideas.

* Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds, and marketplaces of a vanished world. Explore Genghis Khan's life and those of his sons and grandsons during the formation, peak, and decline of the Mongol Empire. Participate in several engaging, family-friendly activities and watch live cultural performances by traditional Mongolian singers and musicians.

* View rare treasures from 13th-century Mongolia; more than 200 spectacular objects will be on display to illustrate this story, including gold jewelry and ornaments, silk robes, musical instruments, pottery, sophisticated weaponry, and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts.

About the Organizer
The exhibition was organized by "Dino" Don Lessem, author and president of Exhibits Rex, Inc., with curatorial consultation by two leading Genghis Khan experts and scholars, Dr. William Fitzhugh of the Smithsonian Institution and Dr. Morris Rossabi of Columbia University. Mr. Lessem developed Genghis Khan in cooperation with the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Lenders include the National Museum of Mongolian History, the Institute of Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, the National Library of Mongolia, the Military Museum of Mongolia, the Dornod Province Museum in Mongolia, and the Kooros and Gotuaco families, the Qinxuan Collection, Gankhuyag Natsag and Arthur Leeper."

 

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