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Historic Chinese Pagodas Hosted In O’Neill Library

By: Samantha Costanzo

One hundred years ago, the three intricately carved pagodas currently standing in O’Neill Library were in the Tou Se We orphanage in Shanghai, where orphans carved them to represent China’s art in the San Francisco World’s Fair. After the fair, the pagodas were transferred to the Chicago Field Museum. Three remain there today, but up until this December, the other 83 pagodas in the collection appeared to have vanished.