Lukancic Sixth-Graders Honored at Field Museum Exhibit Opening

Twenty-seven students were guests of honor at the opening of the “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School District 365U. 

Twenty-seven Lukancic Middle School sixth-graders had the honor of representing students throughout the Chicago area at Tuesday’s unveiling of “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts” exhibition at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

Each time a new exhibition opens at the Field Museum, officials select one school in the Chicago area to be “guests of honor” on Media Preview day. The Lukancic students were acknowledged by Field Museum President and CEO Richard Lariviere at today’s press conference and were then allowed to lead the entire group into the exhibition hall. Field Museum officials provided transportation for the students.

Lukancic teacher Wendy Sifuentes, who is a Field Museum Ambassador, was instrumental in securing the visit. 

The Maharaja exhibition is open to the public from Oct. 17 to Feb. 3.

Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it presents over 200 rare artifacts including elaborate jewelry, ornate weaponry, royal costumes, and stunning artworks from India’s rulers from the 1700s to the 1940s. 

The Field Museum is the final venue on this exhibition’s world tour.

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