Schingoethe Center receives Award of Excellence in Exhibitions

Aurora University’s MST2200 Museum Exhibitions course

Meg Bero (front, second from left) and students in the Aurora University MST2200 Museum Exhibitions course in front of one of the charts on display in "Unraveling Revelations."

The Schingoethe Center recently added to its list of award-winning exhibits, receiving an Award of Excellence in Exhibitions from the Illinois Association of Museums for “Unraveling Revelations: Decoding the Prophetic Charts.”

In the early 19th century, a man named William Miller came to the conclusion that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ was imminent and would take place in 1843. On display are eight of the 36 charts from the Aurora University Jenks Memorial Collection of Adventual Materials. The charts were used as visual aids at church services and camp meetings to teach out the prophecies, which Miller believed were about to come to fruition. The exhibit was curated by students in the Aurora University spring 2012 MST2200 Museum Exhibitions course.

“I chose to have students in my Museum Exhibitions course curate this show because it was such a remarkable opportunity for them to work with a unique collection,” said Meg Bero, Director of the Schingoethe Center. “Upon completion of the exhibit it was evident that this project would be a worthy nominee for an award from the Illinois Association of Museums.”

Bero wanted to give students the real-world experience of creating an exhibit from beginning to end. She acted as a guide throughout the process and allowed her students to explore the many facets of exhibit production.

“Working on the exhibit was a lot of work. It involved a lot of team work and problem solving, and I think our class did a great job,” said Kayle Rieger, a student in the MST2200 Museum Exhibitions course. “It is wonderful to be able to say that I helped curate an award-winning exhibit. I’m so proud of our work and thankful to have this experience.”

“Unraveling Revelations: Decoding the Prophetic Charts” will be on display Friday, October 5 through Friday, December 14, 2012, and is open to the public. Visitors can view the collection during normal gallery hours. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday; and 1–4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 630-844-7843, email museum@aurora.edu or visit aurora.edu/museum/gallery.