Mummies in Oklahoma (2)
"The museum founder was Father Gregory Gerrer, a Benedictine monk, born Robert Gerrer in the Alsace region in 1867. The family immigrated to the United States when he was a small boy. At age of 25 Robert joined the Benedictine community at Sacred Heart Mission near Asher and took the name “Gregory.” He was recognized for his artistic talent and was sent to Italy to study classical painting. While overseas he was given a gift of a small Egyptian scarab, the beginning of what would become an extensive collection of art and artifacts.
Officially founded at St. Gregory’s College in 1919, the museum is one of the oldest in the state. Today the large collection, 60 per cent of which belonged to Father Gerrer, is housed in its own space.
Only about four percent of the collection is on display at any one time but the breadth of the collection is astounding — from ancient Egyptian artifacts and medieval and Renaissance art to Native American items and contemporary works." From Elaine Warner, On Travel