Category Archives: Museum

Would You Like to See Samoa?

It is spring break for some this week, but it definitely doesn’t feel like sunshine and Mai Tais today in Philadelphia. For those of us stuck at our desks, here is a short clip from our archival film collection to get you dancing and thinking of vacation! Shot in 1940, this travelogue film documents the […]

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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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Jugs that rattle and roll

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Continuing my condition survey of artifacts from Lapithos, Cyprus, I came across what seemed like a dull-looking Iron Age jug recently. But when I picked it up my ears perked—there were small objects rattling around inside. It may not be as pretty, but I realized that this jug is similar in shape and size to the rattling flask from Kourion […]

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Poetry Read aloud at fireside: Sacred Ground II

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By: Suzan Shown Harjo Opening Celebration March 1, 2014 Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now Sacred Ground II Eagles disappear into the sun surrounded by light from the face of Creation then scream their way home with burning Messages of mystery and power some are given to snake doctors and ants and […]

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Mission: Corn Cakes and Jam

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The development and creation of Culinary Expeditions: A Celebration of Food and Culture Inspired by Penn Museum Treasures, a new book available May 5, was a labor of love by a host of Penn Museum staff, Women’s Committee volunteers, and other volunteers throughout the Museum. Museum docent and Women’s Committee member Cheryl Baker pulled together […]

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Association for Asian Studies Conference 2014 – Joyce White Keynote Speaker

Dr Michael Gilligan, President of the Henry Luce Foundation, confers with Joyce White before her talk, as Luce colleague Helena Kolenda (Program Officer for Asia) listens in. Also included: Dr. Thongchai Winichakul, AAS President (far right).  Photo by Ben Abrams.

“It was a dark and gloomy night” on March 29th…….but despite the rainy weather, about 400 people came out to hear Dr. Joyce White’s talk, “Hot Pots, Museum Raids, and the Race to Uncover Asia’s Archaeological Past” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation and the […]

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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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Archives Photo of the Week: Baby

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I’ve recently returned back to the museum after having taken some time off for paternity leave (thanks to Tom Stanley for covering for me while I was gone). I’m back, but my baby is still on my mind. In honor of him, this week’s photo is of a Umatilla baby. The Umatilla people inhabited around […]

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The Ur Digitization Project: The Largest Jar!

Field Photo from Pit F showing an excavated kiln still containing pottery

While working on the Ur Digitization Project and the condition assessment of the ceramic vessels from Ur, I often find myself thinking about how they were made.  Once in a while I notice features that help illuminate that question.  My favorite example of this is 31-16-160, which is described in our database as, “pottery, the […]

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Archives Photo of the Week: The Great Pi-ramid?

General view of the pyramids.

A quick note: On most Fridays,  Archivist Eric Schnittke posts cool and interesting photos from the Penn Museum Archives here on our blog. I’m happy to say that Eric is at home with his wife Maureen and their brand new baby, Cormac Xavier, who was born just this past Monday. We at the Museum congratulate […]

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