Photo Taken from Union Station Website. Union Station Press Room
Union Station in Kansas City has a new exhibit called Mummies of the World. It is very well done. Most of the mummies are from Peru, Egypt and European Bogs. They did have a small section at the end where researchers in Maryland experimented on a cadaver to recreat the process to try and figure out the exact method. They had the actual body that was still mummified and the tools they used. They even had shrunken heads. Which was really cool to see! Except for maybe the victims of head shrinking.
They had a number of computer stations that helps explain the science of how they were researching the mummies. Excluding the DNA extraction, CT scanning and other methods used to studying them. Which is really cool. In many cases they could tell you how old they were and what may have caused their death. Most of the mummies were children or in late 30’s or early 40’s. Compared to modern times where people are living to their 60’s, 70’s and into their 100’s it is amazing how young and small people were back then.
Unfortunately, we could not take pictures in the exhibit. Worth the visit. You can even catch the train from Amtrack and leave and never have to go outside.
BBC wrote an article about research on whether wealth is more luck, skill or a combination. According to the article it may be more about who you know than what you know.
For the people that like murder mystery mixed with history you might be intrigued by this. The murder took place just outside of Eskridge, Ks. Did I mentioned it is a 100+ year old cold case in a small town. Not many small towns get a crime rate or a murder or any kind of crime like the big cities do, but that’s what makes the small town cold case so interesting. Most people grow up thinking that in small towns everyone knows each other. Well, maybe some small towns do not as much about each other as they thought.
This a small excerpt from publicity of the author about the book:
Greg Hoot: By the way, for those of you who enjoy an unsolved murder mystery, I recently authored a story called Cold Case: Murder on Eight-Mile Road, which tells of the unsolved murder of Wabaunsee County farmer, William Smale in 1903. Here’s a link to the story…maybe you can solve the 114-year old cold case. https://wabaunseecomuseum.org/2017/06/05/cold-case-murder-on-eight-mile-road/