There is an actual fully preserved mummy being housed at a library in Central New York.
When You See This Building, Would You Ever Think A Mummy Is Here?
When you think about mummies, odds are you might think of Egypt. One of the last places you would imagine there is one is at a public library in Cazenovia, but there is.
Meet Hen, The 2,000 Year Old Egyptian Mummy
The story on Hen, at least here in Central New York, dates back to 1894 when the mummy had arrived in Cazenovia. As you can tell by the image, Hen is a legitimate mummy and their origins lie in Cairo, Egypt. But, there is one question to be asked.
Why Is There An Egyptian Mummy Here?
Well, Hen was in fact, a gift. A resident of Cazenovia in 1894, Robert J. Hubbard [picture above] had made a trip to Egypt for a grand tour of the country says Eagle News Online. While there, he purchased Hen with the intention of having it put on display at the Cazenovia Public Library and Museum.
What Is Known About This Mummy
If you've never been to the Cazenovia Public Library and Museum, they have an actual room dedicated to Egypt, but more importantly, to Hen. Up until a few years ago, not a whole lot was actually known about the long-deceased Egyptian. That was until testing had been done in 2018.
“My goal overall is to make this mummy a person; the more information we can get about Hen — who he was, how he lived, how he died — the more respect we can have for him,” - Cazenovia Public Library Director, Betsy Kennedy via Eagle News Online
Scans May Have Found How Hen Died
When the mummy had gone through testing, many things were found on the actual body says Spectrum News. A tumor near his right knee, deformities on the feet, as well as calcium in the lungs could point toward tuberculosis.
Would You Like To Visit Central New York's Resident Mummy?
All you have to do is head to the Cazenovia Public Library and Museum for a tour. Learn more about the library and events held and this link.
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