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Natasha DadoWeb Producer. The Chaldean Cultural Center and its world-class boutique museum located inside the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield tells the story of a people dating back more than 5, years ago to ancient Mesopotamia before the time of Christ to present-day Detroit.

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There is no better place for a Chaldean museum than Metro Detroit. The region has the largest concentration of Chaldeans in the world with more thanresiding in it, according to the Chaldean Community Foundation. For more than a century, Chaldeans have had a profound impact on the region, both socially and economically. The idea for a Chaldean museum was born in February At the time, there was a committee comprised of Chaldeans in Metro Detroit who wanted to preserve their heritage and make it known to future generations of Chaldeans, as well as to the public at large.

It was around this same time that the Shenandoah Country Club was being established as a community center for local Chaldeans. The committee and CIAAM agreed to deate about 2, square feet inside the club for the establishment of a cultural center and museum. When the committee was ready to build the museum, the space would be there. Inthe committee found an architectural team in New York that deed boutique museums. Saroki consulted with the team. Mary Romaya was a member of the committee Orleans IN dating guy remained at the heart of the project from the very beginning to end.

Romaya, a Chaldean American, worked as a history teacher and counselor in the Warren Woods School District for 45 years.

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The founders of the museum were committed to detail and capturing authentic images of Chaldeans over thousands of years. To make sure that happened, they contacted experts in the art world. They also hired a fabrication company. Leading experts were hired to be the curators of each exhibit. It is a boutique museum, but it is a first-class museum. We wanted it to be a real museum, first-class, state-of-the-art.

Founders of the museum also dug up photos from the archives of the Detroit Historical Society, The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press to help chronicle life for Chaldeans in Detroit over the decades. Because of the recession, which was a major setback, the museum chubby dating Henderson NV not open until years after the project launched.

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Why is it taking so long? Chaldeans are Iraqi Catholics. As the ancient meet West Virginia woman of Mesopotamia, their roots date back thousands of years, before Iraq was even established as a country. To truly understand who Chaldeans are, one must travel back to Mesopotamia, known widely as the first civilization in the world.

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The five galleries are the cornerstone of the museum. The first exhibit, Ancient Mesopotamia, takes visitors back in time 5, years ago to Mesopotamia. Visitors can see the time imprinted on the floor before entering each gallery. When first visiting the museum, visitors enter the Ancient Mesopotamia gallery, where the time B. Chaldeans trace their roots to Babylon, a kingdom in Mesopotamia. The most noticeable and notable piece in the gallery is an interactive replica of the Code of Hammurabi that meet Ogden women on display.

The Code of Hammurabi was the law thousands of years ago in Babylon. This is the law of Babylon. The original Code of Hammurabi is at Spartanburg dating sight Louvre Museum in Paris, which sells replicas to museums across the country.

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The exhibit also features a replica of the famous Gate of Ishtar. This is the gate that led to the city of Babylon. When leaving the ancient gallery, visitors walk under the Ishtar Gate and into the Faith and Church gallery. In many ways, the museum is a community-led effort. Members of the local community donated their own personal items to the museum to help create an authentic portrayal of Chaldeans in Iraq and Metro Detroit. The exhibit also highlights the contributions of ancient Chaldeans to math and science, astronomy, geography and medicine and depicts them as pioneers of science and math.

Chaldeans are very religious. In the Faith and Church gallery, you can hear and see Chaldeans participating in religious ceremonies through a series of interactive laws for dating someone Rosa 18. The exhibit features vestments from local priests and a Sunday liturgy book written in Aramaic and donated by a longtime Metro Detroit Chaldean bishop, Ibrahim Ibrahim.

There is also an oil lamp from an antiquity dealer that goes back to the time of Christ. One of the most noticeable pieces is a replica of a baptismal font from the St. Before leaving the Collins MS times online dating and Church gallery and stepping into the Village Gallery, there is a special decorative element on the wall that might be recognizable to people who grew up in Telkaif, Iraq.

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The sculpture is a replica of the Last Supper sculpture that was above the main altar of the Sacred Heart Church in Telkaif. Telkaif is the village in Iraq from which the majority of Chaldeans trace their roots. Today, the village is no longer comprised of Chaldeans, because so many Cary night date ideas been displaced.

The church no longer exists.

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It was destroyed in when the Islamic State group gained a stronghold in Mosul, Free live chat Beaumont TX and forced the remaining Christians in the area to flee. We are honoring them. She said that, after the Islamic State group was driven out inChaldeans wanted to restore the church.

The traditional attire worn by the figures in the Chaldean Village Life exhibit depicting everyday life for woman in Telkaif were donated by Chaldeans who used to live there.

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The Coming to America exhibit features Chaldeans telling their stories of coming to America. There are three other well documented reasons Chaldeans came to America.

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The first was for jobs at Ford Motor Co. For immigrants, this was an attractive offer and a good reason to come to the United States. And they knew, if they came to Detroit, they would over 50 dating Bremerton WA able to survive. The second reason was that Chaldeans in the village heard there was already an Arab-speaking community in southeast Michigan. And while Chaldeans in the village spoke Aramaic, they also spoke Arabic, which they picked up from living in an Arabic-speaking country.

Romaya said the third reason was that, when you went through the immigration process back then, if something went wrong in terms of not having the right visa and passport, you would be able to immigrate to Canada, which had more liberal immigration policies at the time. By both the Detroit Windsor Tunnel and Ambassador Bridge were built, making travel between the two countries easier. Over the decades, war Chicago Illinois women free dating religious persecution have driven the majority of Chaldeans out of Iraq, which is also one of the main reasons Metro Detroit now has the largest community of Chaldeans in the world.

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Romaya said the first known Chaldean came to America in Chaldeans donated their immigration documents to the museum. A lot of Chaldeans owned grocery stores when they came best free dating Danbury CT America. All of the replicas and items in the museum are from the s although, Romaya said, some Chaldeans were buying stores in the s.

By the s, they fully owned stores, she said. We are extremely hardworking. We tend to have larger families. The museum tour ends by recognizing the past and future generations. We do not want them to lose their identity.

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We want them to be fully immersed in the American society. We are American.

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We do not want to lose our faith. It is our faith that has sustained us, nurtured us and kept us together. Life changed for the Chaldean community as it has assimilated more in American culture and society. The future generation is different than ones in so many aspects.