Category Archives: Collection

Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 26, 1940

1-26-40_photograph_breakdown1

Tire trouble near Penonome. En route Panama to Cocle 1/26/40 Taken by S.K. Lothrop The Masons running a rapid in the Rio Grande de Cocle. 1/26/40 Taken by S.K. Lothrop

Also posted in Archives, Beneath the Surface | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Real Time in Sito Conte: January 23, 1940

01-24-1940_telegram
Also posted in Americas, Archives, Beneath the Surface | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 22, 1940

01-22-1940_kitchen-list_1

5 lbs onions $.30 10 tins Maxwell’s coffee 1# $6.00 6 paq. Salada tea $1.50 1 bag Flour Gold Medal 98# $3.25 25 lbs Chinese rice $1.50 Receipt from Compañia Kito Chen, S.A., January 22, 1940 On this day 75 years ago, J. Alden Mason went grocery shopping. So what do you feed a small […]

Also posted in Archives, Beneath the Surface, Fun! | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 20, 1940

01-20-40_letter1

We are going up to the camp early this afternoon to get things started, find out the lay of the land, and get a better idea of what to buy. J. Alden Mason to John Corning, January 20, 1940 Finally in Panama after their “swanky” voyage on the Grace Line, Mason wrote to John Corning […]

Also posted in Archives, Beneath the Surface, Museum | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 17, 1940

01-17-40_postcard_f

Approaching Panama Canal after a lovely calm clear warm swanky trip. Pass through canal tomorrow. Regards to all. J. Alden Mason, January 17, 1940

Also posted in Archives, Beneath the Surface | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 12, 1940: “Plastico”

Plastico

A part of every expedition, the crew for Sitio Conte began to collect supplies. Camps need to be stocked with all sorts of goods, from food and clothing to medical supplies and scientific materials. In collecting supplies, John Corning contacted the Technical Supply Company in Palo Alto, California in regards to Plastico Moulage materials.Plastico Moulage […]

Also posted in Archives, Beneath the Surface | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 8, 1940

J. Alden Mason

Everything is unsettled and hectic. The expedition has been arranged so suddenly.  – Mason to Merrill, January 8, 1940 The chaotic nature of planning a last minute archaeological expedition was dragging upon Mason, as his letter of the 8th of January to Bob Merrill indicates. In it, he officially hires Merrill as draftsman for the expedition, saying: […]

Also posted in Archives, Beneath the Surface, Museum | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Teaching elementary languages in the Penn Museum

10540_800

Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has been an important hub for teaching and learning on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Penn undergraduates and graduate students have a unique opportunity to wander the galleries, delve into the archives, and ‘excavate’ within the Museum’s artifact collections as part of their coursework and individual research. […]

Also posted in Museum | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ringo’s Repatriation Appeal

the_appeal

The work in the Penn Museum Archives never ends. The backlog resists attempts at taming it. The archives is happy to have a number of interns and volunteers who are willing to help organize, catalog, and preserve the documents, drawings, and photographs in the collections. Alyssa Velazquez is one such intern, who is presently reorganizing […]

Also posted in Archives | Tagged | Leave a comment

Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 5, 1940

lothrop-notes

“In the meantime we are making all arrangements so that the moment that information arrives we can start the wheel going.” -Mason to Lothrop, January 5, 1940 As the dust from the holidays settled, Mason returned to work firing off correspondence about everything the team would need down in Panama. Luckily back in December, Samuel K. Lothrop […]

Also posted in Americas, Archives, Beneath the Surface, Exhibits | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment