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One Woman’s Efforts to Celebrate Women’s History


By: Pam Kosty

Robyn Young, who visited Senior Archivist Alex Pezzati and me at the Museum in mid-June, is on a singular mission: to bring the stories and accomplishments of Pennsylvania’s women into the broader conversation of Pennsylvania history. A few years ago, when she did an informal review of the approximately 1,600 official historical markers throughout the […]

6,000 Year-old Grape Press for Making Wine Found in an Armenian Cave

By: Pam Kosty

A group of archaeologists working in Armenia had something to toast in the new year: they announced that they had unearthed a surprisingly advanced winemaking operation, discovered in a cave hear a remote Armenian village. The operation dates back 6,000 years-making it the earliest known site in the world for wine-making with grapes! This exciting […]

West Wing Renovations–Week 9

By: Pam Kosty

At long last, the air conditioning units for the West Wing arrived on November 18.  Just a tad tricky to bring them up over the wall, into the Upper Garden, and then– –down a specially prepared shaft.  Ah, can’t you feel the cool breeze already?

West Wing Renovations–Week 7

By: Pam Kosty

Friday, November 12, 2010–Construction has been taking place on all three floors of the West Wing, as the restoration and air conditioning project continues apace. Brian Barger, Project Superintendent, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, stands in the room behind the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition gallery and points out the wooden doors, soon to be […]

West Wing Renovation Project – Week Five

By: Pam Kosty

The West Wing Renovation Project is in full gear, with construction workers in the Museum from very early morning to late at night, to meet the Secrets of the Silk Road deadline. Here are some of the recent activities seen on Friday morning, October 29:

West Wing Renovation Project – Week Three

By: Pam Kosty

On October 4, 2010, the Penn Museum officially announced the start of construction on the first phase of an exciting renovation project: a major renovation of the West Wing of its original 1899 building. On the agenda: refurbished galleries, including climate control (that means air conditioning!), and the creation of a ceramic petrography teaching laboratory. […]

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