Nationally renowned antiquities expert visits with 7th graders
Our 7th graders came face-to-face with history on Friday.
Mr. Peter Rexford, the writer of a nationally syndicated column on stamps and coins, visited Deacon Mulvihill's theology class. He spoke about artifacts of ancient civilizations, and about how those types of items can be used in an educational context. "He explained to the boys that when he was in school, it was the tangible elements of his classes that was particularly compelling," Deacon Mulvihill wrote of the presentation. "He spoke extensively at the beginning of class about the difference between virtual and tangible learning." Mr. Rexford showed the students a number of examples of rare coins and artifacts, including:
- A $20.00 gold coin rescued just last year from the S. S. Central America shipwreck off the Carolina coast 1857
- An authentic "Shekel of Tyre"
- A modern day sculpture containing an ancient "Widow's Mite"
- A piece of mail (slightly burned) from the final, tragic flight of Hindenburg
The presentation came about as a result of a prior visit to the class. "(Mr. Rexford) sat in on one of my theology classes about a month and a half ago, and was so impressed by the boys that he decided he wanted to do something special for them," Deacon Mulvihill wrote. Through Mr. Rexford's connections in the coin world, he was able to pull together a collection of ancient coins — many of which were more than 2,000 years old — and each student left the presentation with one of them to keep.
Many thanks to Mr. Rexford for sharing the gift of his expertise with us, and the gift of the coins with our 7th graders. Thanks, also, to Deacon Mulvihill for sharing his photos from this event.
Priory welcomes experts in all fields to speak with our students. If you’re interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Bernie Kilcullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.