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Dead Sea Scrolls Coming to Charlotte

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Donation helps bring Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit

One of the Carolinas' most charitable families is helping bring to Charlotte one of the city's most highly anticipated museum exhibits.

Leon and Sandra Levine, through their foundation, are donating $200,000 to Discovery Place for a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opening Feb. 17 at the science and technology museum on North Tryon Street uptown. The exhibit is expected to draw more than 200,000 visitors during its run of at least three months.

The Levine gift has helped Discovery Place make inroads toward raising the $1.5 million museum leaders figure it will take to put on the exhibit.

Leon Levine, founder of Family Dollar Stores, said he's proud to play a part in bringing some of history's most sacred objects to Discovery Place.

"I've read about it and heard about it," Leon Levine told the Observer. "I never thought Charlotte would be able to get something like this."

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This is awesome news. :thumbsup:

I just wonder how Discovery Place is going to get the extra funds for the exhibit, surely another corporate sponor, maybe? They must be confident if they are already selling advance tickets.

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^ Was that at Discovery Place in the early 80's? I have memories of an Egyptian display that was of a prominant pharaoh, only guessing it is Ramses.

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Yeah, it was at the Mint and I remember waiting in line for it. I still have my authentic imitation ancient Egyptian vase that I purchased from the event. I wonder if they will be selling plastic Chinese made deal sea tablets at this time around?

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I still have my authentic imitation ancient Egyptian vase that I purchased from the event. 

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I still have my imitation jade miniture sarcophagus sculptures (about 1 inch long), aged to look authentic.

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I think this is on a little grander scale then the presentation at High Point.

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Nope, it's the same. I called b/c I never got a chance to go to High Point to see it.

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