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Museum Musing

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So I'm getting ready for a week-long trip to NYC, putting together a "To Do" list and checking out what shows are happening at which museums. It's kind of curious: I lived in NYC for close to 15 years and only got to each of the big museums a handful of times. Now I'm a tourist in my old city, eager to do touristy-type things. Go figure.

Anyway, I clicked over to the Met Museum's site to discover that they now feature factoids on a different work from their Permanent Collection, daily. A couple days ago, when I first clicked, the website was featuring Dendur, the only Egyptian temple in the western hemisphere "“ a gift from the Egyptian government to the United States in 1965 (later awarded to the Met in 1967).

I found this pretty interesting because that very same day, I just happened to be doing some research on Ptolemy I Soter (don't ask"¦ okay, if you must know: it's for a new novel I'm working on) and learned that the very first museum "“ as in ever "“ was founded by him in Alexandria, Egypt during the 3rd century BC.

Apparently, Ptolemy's museum housed a strange variety of things, including surgical and astronomical instruments, animal hides, statues, and elephant tusks. More importantly, there was the Bruckion, a library that held the most important collection of manuscripts ever assembled: Homer, Hesiod, Plato, Pythagoras, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides"¦ all under one roof.

Speaking of Greek manuscripts, did you know our word "museum" is a derivative of the Greek "mouseion", or "a temple dedicated to the Nine Muses"?

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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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