Boy Scouts at the Penn Museum

Every day that something cool comes out of our archives image database is a good day.  There are just so many amazing photos from years gone by relating to all sorts of stuff!

Most recently we came across this gem.

Boy Scouts posing in a teepee at the Penn Museum in April of 1945.

The Development Office’s awesome intern, Jessica, has been putting together some marketing and outreach letter for our Adopt an Artifact program including research into local boy and girl scout troops.  Groups that adopt an artifact (for as low as $35!) receive activity worksheets that they can do before they visit the Museum, or as a way to bring a little Museum into the classroom/troop meeting.  The letters were sent around for approval and the director sent me this picture in response.  So cool!

I think my favorite part is their scarves.  They look exactly like my brother’s cub scout scarves from the late 80s/early 90s.

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  • Lynn Grant

    Eeek. I mean, it’s a wonderful pic but – as a conservator – I can’t help noticing that both the teepee and the headdress could be original artifacts. When I first started at the Museum (1988, gasp), there was a reproduction teepee in the inner courtyard next to the Kress Gallery but I don’t think it was the one shown in this photo….

  • Ron Harvey

    Nicely done Scott, and great photos of the work!

  • Ellen

    Way to go Molly! Two UCLA/Getty students have recently been involved in creating similar overlays on fragile textiles. By the way, I like how your falcon mummy has a “heel” and a “toe”!!

    • pennartifactlab

      Thanks Ellen
      This was definitely a rewarding treatment. And I just finished it
      completely-I’ll get a post up soon about the rest of the work!

  • pennartifactlab

    Thanks Cyndy! I will be posting another one soon about how I completed
    the falcon mummy treatment. There is more fragile linen on other
    artifacts here in the lab as well, so this work is really helpful as I
    prepare to start these other treatments.