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4/12/2002 Museum exhibit features artifacts from Middle East

McMINNVILLE – Community members are invited to step into a Palestinian living room, thanks to the efforts of a group of Linfield College anthropology students.

Students have transformed the Linfield Anthropology Museum for "Living Stones of the Middle East," an exhibit featuring Middle Eastern objects and artifacts which is on display now through May 24 at the museum, 121 Walker Hall.

The exhibit is meant to educate viewers on Palestinian culture. More than 60 objects typical of those found in contemporary Palestinian homes are included in the exhibit. Among the pieces included are four dresses or robes, two of which date from the early 1900s; a traditional hookah or waterpipe; carved figurines; a tapestry; and a variety of tile and glassware. While no piece is the focal point, each contributes to the theme of home and hospitality that underlies the exhibit.

Most of the objects included in the exhibit have been loaned to the museum by Mary Trolan, a Palestinian-American who lives and teaches in Dallas. Trolan is the mother of 1997 Linfield anthropology graduate Lindy Trolan, who currently serves as cultural resource specialist at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

The exhibit also includes enlarged photos of Trolan's Palestinian family members.

"Pictures of ancestors and family are traditionally placed high on the walls to show respect, and I feel it is this detail that brings true personality to the exhibit," said Ange Robinson, a Linfield senior who is the exhibit curator. "The exhibit focuses on the continuity of culture, society and the presence of antiquity in modern Palestinian homes. History and family are both integral parts of Palestinian culture, and to understand this deep connection will help us to understand them better."

The Linfield Anthropology Museum mounts one to two exhibits each year and provides a hands-on, educational opportunity for students to learn about museum work and the complex process of exhibiting cultures.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information e-mail Robinson at or call Joel Marrant, museum advisor, at 503-883-2286.