April 05, 2007

Jenner & Block is a sponsor of the Field Museum’s ground-breaking new exhibition, “The Ancient Americas,” which explores 13,000 years of thriving cultures and civilizations in the western hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans.

The Ancient Americas exhibit, housed in a 19,000-square-foot area at the Chicago-based museum, features more than 2,200 artifacts representing more than 20 distinct cultural groups.  The exhibit is also uniquely organized around approaches to the common challenges ancient peoples faced, such as hunting food, experimenting with farming and the forming governments, rather than a traditional chronological approach.

The museum is also planning lectures, family workshops, daily gallery programs, student classes and teacher workshops around the exhibit.

The exhibit was kicked off with a gala reception on March 6, attended by hundreds of local business and civic leaders.  Partners Everett S. Ward and Daniel R. Murray represented the Firm at the grand opening reception.

“Jenner & Block’s generosity in supporting this groundbreaking exhibition demonstrates the firm’s commitment to diversity and education,” said John W. McCarter, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Field Museum.  “We are pleased to count Jenner & Block among our partners helping to uphold our mission to explore the Earth and its peoples.”

“We’re proud to sponsor The Ancient Americas exhibit at the Field Museum,” said Managing Partner Gregory S. Gallopoulos.  “As businesses grow across borders and cultures, the museum’s internationally-renowned contributions to science, education and research are vital to help us gain a better understanding of world history.”

Pictured, from left:  Mr. Murray and Mr. Ward and at the exhibit’s grand opening.