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St. Helens girl is millionth visitor to exhibit at OMSI

Ivy Gaelrun gets special gifts upon attending Mummies of the World exhibit


by: OREGON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY - Twelve-year-old Ivy Gaelrun, right, was recognized as the millionth overall visitor to the Mummies of the World exhibit on Saturday, June 29, while at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry with her grandmother Sue Maggi, center, and 7-year-old sister Lila Gaelrun, left.A 12-year-old girl from St. Helens visiting the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry last Saturday, June 29, was recognized as the one millionth visitor to the touring Mummies of the World exhibit.

Ivy Gaelrun, patronizing the museum with her grandmother and 7-year-old sister, received complimentary Mummies of the World merchandise upon visiting the exhibit, which is at OMSI until Sept. 8.

Gaelrun said she went to OMSI with her grandmother and sister on Saturday “mainly to see the mummies.”

“I’ve been interested in them for a long time, since second grade,” said Gaelrun, who is starting seventh grade next year. When she grows up, she said, “I want to be an archeologist.”

The Gaelrun girls and their grandmother all enjoyed the exhibit, Ivy Gaelrun said. And of being recognized as the millionth visitor, Gaelrun said, “I didn’t expect it. It was cool.”

The president of American Exhibitions Inc., which produced the Mummies of the World exhibit, hailed the milestone in a statement.

“We are pleased to announce this exciting landmark and to have impacted so many people,” said exhibition producer Marcus Corwin. “The exhibition is changing centuries-old perceptions about what mummies are and providing insight into ancient lives and cultures. Each mummy has its own story to tell.”