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Big AIA Adventure in the Big Apple

Lillian attended the AIA spring governing board meeting in New York City 26 April to 30 April 2009. Stephen begged and begged and she let him tag along. While Lillian attended meetings, Stephen and another "trailing husband" took the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island (from 1892 to 1924 the major port of entry to the United States of immigrants from the Old World). The next days Lillian and Stephen walked the city and visited the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lillian pointed out representative works she could use, and Stephen obediently took photographs. She especially wanted images for her scholarship on Greek and Roman women and for her class on Non-Western art. They also took a special guided tour of the marvelous exhibit "Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens" at the Onassis Cultural Center. On another afternoon, Jo Anne Van Tilburg, who a few years ago gave a lecture in Huntsville, described the AIA's project to preserve Easter Island’s Rapa Nui Moai statues. The AIA truly rocks.

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