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Welcome to the Penn Museum blog. First launched in January 2009, the Museum blog now has over 800 posts covering a range of topics in the categories of Museum, Collection, Exhibitions, Research, and By Location. Here you’ll hear directly from our staff and Penn students about their work, research, experiences, and discoveries. To explore a topic of interest, please use the Blog Search function.


#My Penn Museum: Q & A with Patricia Kim, Doctoral Student

patriciakim

By: Stephanie Mach

Everyone has their own experience with the Penn Museum. Join us as we uncover the many ways Penn students, both undergraduate and graduate, engage with the Museum’s many opportunities. Interviews by Leo Page-Blau, Penn Museum Student Engagement Assistant. Patricia Kim Year 4th year Ph.D. Candidate Alma Mater  University of California, Berkeley, 2012 Penn Degree Program […]

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#MyPennMuseum – Perspectives: Penn Students on Their Penn Museum

Michael Freeman

By: Stephanie Mach

Everyone has their own experience with the Penn Museum. Join us as we uncover the many ways Penn students, both undergraduate and graduate, engage with the Museum’s many opportunities. Interviews by Leo Page-Blau, Penn Museum Student Engagement Assistant. Name: Michael Freeman Hometown: Walton, NY Year: Junior Dream Job: Classics Professor Favorite Penn Museum Gallery: The […]

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#MyPennMuseum: Using Facebook to Engage Penn Students

‪#‎MyPennMuseum‬‬ "My favorite resource at the Penn Museum is the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials. I'm taking a course there this semester and almost every class makes use of the Museum's vast collection of artifacts. For example, I was able to examine ceramic samples dating back several thousand years ago from Mesopotamia. I've learned that by exploring the museum, you'll find opportunities you never knew existed." 
— Alex King
Editor-in-Chief of Synapse: Penn's Undergraduate Medical Connection

By: Stephanie Mach

My name is Leo Page-Blau, and I am a work-study student in the Academic Engagement Department at the Penn Museum. I am a sophomore studying Communication and the Modern Middle East at Penn. As part of the Academic Engagement Department, I work to engage Penn students in the Museum’s collections and resources. Social media has […]

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Wampum Field Report Part 2: Kaianerasere’Kówa – Stephanie Mach

Richard W. Hill Sr. explaining wampum imagery to the author. Photo by Dr. Bruchac.

By: Stephanie Mach

Every year the Penn Museum provides support to Penn undergraduates and graduate students as they deepen their understanding of the human experience outside the Museum’s walls. Follow these blog posts from our intrepid young scholars as they report on the sights and sites that they encounter throughout their travels in the field. This is Part 2 […]

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Wampum Field Report Part 1: Blueberry Stands, Beaver Dams, and Mannequins – Stephanie Mach

Sarah Parkinson (left) and Stephanie Mach studying ROM 911.3.130.B. Photo by Dr. Bruchac.

By: Stephanie Mach

Every year the Penn Museum provides support to Penn undergraduates and graduate students as they deepen their understanding of the human experience outside the Museum’s walls. Follow these blog posts from our intrepid young scholars as they report on the sights and sites that they encounter throughout their travels in the field. This season I continued […]

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Fall 2014 Roundup of Student Events

Halloween Party

By: Stephanie Mach

[By Charlotte Matthai, member of the Clio Society–Penn Museum’s undergraduate student interest group] During the fall 2014 semester, Clio Society went behind-the-scenes of the Penn Museum, meeting some of the people who make all of it possible and exploring the mysteries and hidden gems of storage. We met Jenn Reifsteck from Public Programs, who trained us on […]

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On the Wampum Trail: Balancing Traditional and Museological Care of Wampum

Reproduction of the 1794 George Washington Treaty of Canadaigua wampum belt. Made with electrical wire insulation and artificial sinew by Jake Thomas. Object # III-I-1867, Canadian Museum of History. Photo by Stephanie Mach.

By: Stephanie Mach

My name is Stephanie Mach and I am the Student Engagement Coordinator at the Penn Museum. I work closely with Penn Museum’s collections, University classes, and student researchers. My position acts as a bridge between the Museum and the Penn community, therefore, I am often asked about issues of cultural heritage, repatriation, museum best practices, […]

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Entering a New Phase of Life: 2012 New Acquisitions

Briefcase (2012-29-2): When was this briefcase made? Was it ever used?

By: Stephanie Mach

This is the third entry in a series of posts on Collecting and Acquisitions. For over fifty years, the Penn Museum was home to renowned anthropologist Igor Kopytoff (1930-2013), Consulting Curator in the Museum’s African Section.  I was never personally acquainted with Igor, however, I, like many other young anthropologists, came to know him by […]

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If You Build it, They Will Come

Skype session with a remotely located class.

By: Stephanie Mach

The Penn Museum sometimes feels like a world away from the rest of campus. And yet the building is sandwiched between Franklin Field, HUP, and Penn Park. Is there a mental wall keeping the Museum at a distance? Or, could it be the brick and mortar wall in front of our building? Whatever the issue, […]

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Registrars in Action: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Sledgehammer

Crate craned over wall

By: Stephanie Mach

If you have been to our Museum, odds are you’ve seen people carting around objects or rolling large crates through galleries and mysteriously disappearing behind locked doors.  Most likely, those people were Registrars.  When I’m asked what Museum Registrars do, I usually say we deal with record keeping and moving objects in, out, and around […]

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Native American Voices at the Penn Museum

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