Author Archives: Jennifer Reifsteck

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Mara and Konrad, Family Second Sunday veterans, pose with their kites.  Mara and Konrad have been attending the program for the past two years and have made about 10 crafts.

The Family Second Sunday series is one of the programs that I manage here at the Penn Museum, and it’s easily my favorite.  Each month from September through May, I get to create a craft inspired by an artifact or area of the world represented by the Museum.  Then I get to teach it to […]

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What Would You Create If You Could Install an Exhibition at the Penn Museum?

A group of Abington SD 2nd graders pauses for a photo.  Photo credit:  Jennifer Reifsteck

This quiet, reflective space became a buzz of activity for AIM Academy and Abington School District students.  When AIM Academy 6th graders and Abington School District 2nd graders visited recently, they were asked to create a museum exhibition within the Kintner and Dietrich galleries.  The only parameter:  the exhibition had to be relevant to archaeology […]

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How Many Toilet Paper Tubes Will It Take to Operate Penn Museum Summer Camp 2013?

Check out what’s holding up this camper’s temple pediment!  I was really hoping for campers to have four tubes to make four columns and an actual mini-temple.  Alas, we ran low on TP tubes by the time we got to this craft.

I’m not into social media that much (for starters, I don’t do Facebook–gasp!), but if my fellow colleagues at the Penn Museum would happen to pick an avatar, a visual representation for myself, it would probably be this: This is not because I visit the bathroom more frequently than the average person.  This is because […]

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National Poetry Month, Week 4

Inspired by an artifact on view, an Abington School District 2nd grader demonstrates the throwing of a spear in the Iraq's Ancient Past exhibition.  Photo: Dari Sutton

This week, Thomas and Max give us new ways to look at Harpoon-shaped Head: Pointy Sharp, Shiny Stabbing, Throwing, Battling What is it made of? Wood by Thomas Sharp Brown, Amazed Amazing, Interesting, Attracting How was it made? Awesome by Max

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National Poetry Month, Week 3

This week highlights two iconic objects from the Iraq’s Ancient Past exhibition:  Ram in the Thicket and Puabi’s Diadem and Headdress.  Here is what the guest interpreters had to say: Ram Caught in a Thicket Shiny A ram, Curious Kicking, Standing, Eating Why did they create this? Stuck by Marley Puabi’s Golden Headdress Pretty Big, […]

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National Poetry Month, Week 2

The Abington 2nd grade guest interpreters examine a case in the Iraq's Ancient Past exhibition.  Photo:  Dari Sutton

This week, Abington School District guest interpreters Jacob and Kaileb give us two new ways to look at Penn Museum’s iconic Lyre with Bearded Bull’s Head and Inlaid Panel. Horns Cool, Creepy Living, Snorting, Kicking Where did it come from? Brown by Jacob Bull-like Amazing, Surprised Attracting, Interesting, Amusing How did they make it? Beard […]

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National Poetry Month, Week 1

Abington School District 2nd graders piece together pots during a conservation workshop.

The month of April is a month full of dedications – everything from Fools (April 1) to Administrative Professionals (April 24) and even the whole Earth itself (April 22) receive a special day.  My personal favorite celebration for April is National Poetry Month. Back in February, second graders from Abington School District visited the Penn […]

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Extraordinary Happenings: Summer Camp 2010

As most of us who work in the museum field, and for non-profits in general, I wear many hats.  This summer, I was one part Educator, two parts Juggler, and three parts Child Herder.  It’s all in a day’s work as Assistant Summer Camp Director.  And I love every minute of it. This summer marked […]

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