Advisory Board

David B. Brownlee
Chairman, Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania

Karen Beckman
Jaffe Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca Bushnell
School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

Timothy Corrigan
Professor of English (Cinema Studies), University of Pennsylvania

Dennis DeTurck
Evan C. Thompson Professor for Excellence in Teaching, Mathematics, and Dean of the College, University of Pennsylvania

Oliver St. Clair Franklin
O.B.E. Investment analyst (former President of International House)

George W. Gephart Jr.
President & CEO, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Terry Gillen
Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority, City of Philadelphia

Derek Gillman
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Visual Studies, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University

Susan Glassman
Director, Wagner Free Institute

Jane Golden
Executive Director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Walter Licht
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History and Civic House Faculty Advisor, University of Pennsylvania

Will Noel
Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph J. Rishel
Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, Philadelphia Museum of Art

H. Carton Rogers III
Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, University of Pennsylvania

Ralph M. Rosen
Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of Classical Studies, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania

 

Women's Committee


Culinary Expeditions: A Celebration of Food and Culture

Culinary Expeditions will sweep you away. This full-color publication includes beautiful photographs of food-related Museum artifacts, fascinating text describing foods, food-making techniques, and stories about the cultures of Africa and Egypt, Greece and Rome, Asia and the Middle East, Mesoamerica and Native America. Recipes from each region and short essays about featured ingredients will whet your appetite and draw you into the kitchen—and to the Penn Museum.

All proceeds from the sale of Culinary Expeditions, published by the Museum's all-volunteer Women's Committee, benefit the Penn Museum. Books can be ordered through the Women's Committee Office ($25 plus shipping and handling): Ardeth Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 215.898.9202.


In 1937 a small group of women, primarily wives and relatives of Penn Museum's Board of Managers, formed the Women's Committee to stimulate interest in the Museum's research and educational programs, while contributing a warming "woman's touch" to the building and its facilities.

Visitors to the Museum today unknowingly benefit from the efforts of these capable, energetic, far-sighted women. They began a tradition of initiating and developing new projects, wherever they saw a need, and supporting these until they became integrated into the Museum structure when appropriate.

A look back shows that almost every phase of Museum activity has benefited from Women’s Committee's initiatives: support for research and educational programs, including funding professional development opportunities and publications; hands-on sorting of artifacts; helping curators and keepers in storage; furnishing a Conservation Laboratory; and underwriting training of a Conservator.

Other programs were developed to engage a larger public: lectures showcasing current research ran for years before becoming part of Museum Events. Women's Committee Tours continue to invite travelers to visit archaeological sites all over the world with Museum scholars.

To interpret the Museum's collections, the Women's Committee established the Volunteer Guides program and published a Guide to the Collections. Later, Mobile Guides took Museum artifacts directly into the schools. Both Guides programs are administered by the Museum's Education Department today.

The Women’s Committee founded the Museum's first coffee shop, which became the Museum Cafe. They also started The Pyramid Shop, still the best place to buy children's gifts. The Casting Committee continues to hand-craft reproductions of Museum artifacts, available for purchase in the Museum Shop. On Sundays, gallery visitors are welcomed by our “Meeters and Greeters.”

For 30 years, the Women's Committee wrote and published the Members' Newsletter predecessor to the Museum's When in the World? calendar and the "Museum Mosaic" feature in Expedition magazine. The Committee also supported a public relations position until the Museum set up a Public Information Office in 1980.

In the 1990's, the Women's Committee inspired two exhibits: "Toys," coincided with the Committee's first Peace Around the World multi-cultural family holiday celebration, now a Museum-sponsored annual event. "44 Celebrity Eyes" highlighted collections in storage by displaying artifacts chosen by twenty-two prominent individuals, in tribute to the new Mainwaring Wing.

Celebrating its’ 75th Anniversary in 2012, Committee Members have been dedicated to assisting the Penn Museum: whether planting gardens, refurbishing bathrooms and entranceways, or providing flower arrangements to grace the entrances, the House and Garden committee has been there. From auctions to galas our activities raise awareness and funds while bringing old and new friends to the Museum.

Visit the Women's Committee website

 

Board of Overseers

Michael J. Kowalski,W74, PAR, Chairman

Robert M. Baylis
David Brownlee, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
Dana Eisman Cohen, C88
William L. Conrad, PAR
Carrie S. Cox, PAR
Susan Frier Danilow, Esquire, CW74, G74, PAR
Peter C. Ferry, C79
Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D., C79, GR81, PAR (ex-officio)
Criswell C. Gonzalez
Peter G. Gould, LPS10
Ingrid A. Graham
Amy Gutmann, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
John C. Hover II, C65, WG67
H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D., G98, GR04
Stacey Rosner Lane, Esquire, C80, GR13, PAR
Diane von Schlegell Levy
Joseph E. Lundy, Esquire, W65
Bruce Mainwaring, C47, PAR (emeritus)
Carlos L. Nottebohm, W64
Geraldine Paier, Ph.D., HUP66, NU68, GNU85, GR94
William L. Potter, WG88
Vincent Price, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
John R. Rockwell, W64, WG66, PAR
Eric J. Schoenberg, Ph.D., GEN93, WG93, PAR
Julian Siggers, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
Trudy Slade (ex-officio)
Adam D. Sokoloff, W84, PAR
Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
Jill Topkis Weiss, C89, WG93
Charles K. Williams II, Ph.D., GR78, HON97 (emeritus)

 

Welcome from the Williams Director

Whether you are planning a visit to our galleries, or browsing our collections or research through this site, it is my great pleasure as Williams Director to welcome you to the Penn Museum.

For 125 years, our Museum’s three-part mission—research, collections stewardship, and educational outreach—has been focused around improving our understanding of our shared human heritage. Our collection of roughly one million objects covers the entire history of humanity—from stone tools and household items to architectural monuments and fine art objects—and reveals the incredible and diverse accomplishments of people from all over the world.

Most of the objects in our collection come directly from our own archaeological excavations and anthropological expeditions, and—as our archives house the related field notes, letters, research reports, photographs, and drawings—we are able to present them in our galleries with an understanding of their cultural and environmental contexts. And Penn archaeologists and anthropologists are still exploring, excavating, and researching around the world today—often with Penn students among their team members. You can read about their discoveries on their research pages or blog entries on this site, or visit the Museum to hear them lecture and ask them questions at one of our many programs and events.

Since its founding in 1887, the Penn Museum has been a museum of the world and for the world—at its heart, about exploration and discovery. I invite you to share in our great, human adventure. Return to our website often. I promise you will find something new every time. And come and enjoy our galleries. In addition to magnificent objects, our interactive features will offer you plenty of ways to explore for yourself, and to tell us what you think and what else you would like to see.

Penn Museum is 125 years old and still exploring—we invite you to join the voyage of discovery.

Julian Siggers
Julian Siggers, Ph.D.
Williams Director

 

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