WFU’s museum of anthropology hosts free family day

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will host a Family Day called “Milagros: Symbols of Hope” at 10 a.m. Oct. 16. The event is free and open to the public.

As part of the programming for the bilingual exhibit “Tokens of Thanks: Ex-votos from Brazil and Mexico,” the Family Day focuses on “milagros” or “miracles,” which are small metal images worn by a person who petitions for relief from some personal problem.

The event includes a video explaining ex-votos and milagros through the story of a young boy, a guided tour of the exhibit, and an activity time in which families can make their own milagros to take home.

The “Tokens of Thanks” exhibit runs through Jan. 15. It explores the roots of ex-voto traditions in Catholic Europe, pagan Europe, the pre-Hispanic Americas and Africa. The exhibit features more than 100 “ex-votos,” objects made of wood, metal, wax and cloth by people during the 19th and 20th centuries afflicted by injuries, diseases or other problems in gratitude for healing.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (336) 758-5282 or visit

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