Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society

The Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society (LES) was created to honor the memory of Eiseley–long-time University of Pennsylvania Museum anthropologist, essayist, and poet–by helping to further his ideals and sustain the Museum he cherished. Members of the Society contribute at least $1,500 annually to the Museum in unrestricted support, the most vital type of funding, since it is available where most needed at any time.

Loren Eiseley in the Warden Garden. Photo by Frank Ross. Penn Museum image 140724.

The Loren Eiseley Leadership Giving Society (LES) was created to honor the memory of Eiseley–long-time University of Pennsylvania Museum anthropologist, essayist, and poet–by helping to further his ideals and sustain the Museum he cherished. Members of the Society contribute at least $1,500 annually to the Museum in unrestricted support, the most vital type of funding, since it is available where most needed at any time.

LES members at the Silver Circle and above provide at least $2,500 annually and are also recognized as members of the University of Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Society. To learn more about the recognition and benefits for the Benjamin Franklin Society, click here.

As an LES member, you will not only be making a tremendous difference to one of the world's foremost museums of archaeology and anthropology, but you will also help advance Loren Eiseley's extraordinary vision for generations to come.

"Forward and backward I have gone, and for me it has been an immense journey."

–Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey


Director’s Circle $25,000 and above
All but $650 tax-deductible

  • All benefits of the Platinum Circle
  • One private tour and reception for party of six with curator or keeper 
  • Opportunity to accompany the Director or senior curator on a custom-itinerary trip to a Museum-associated archaeological site


Platinum Circle $10,000 - $24,999
All but $530 tax-deductible

  • All benefits of the Gold Circle 
  • Private lunch and tour with the director
  • Unlimited free parking
  • Acknowledgement in exhibition-special issue of Expedition magazine


Gold Circle $5,000 - $9,999
All but $510 tax-deductible

  • All benefits of the Silver Circle
  • Free admission for one additional guest per visit (four total)
  • Breakfast or evening tours of exhibitions with curators


Silver Circle $2,500 - $4,999

All but $450 tax deductible

  • All benefits of the Bronze Circle
  • Behind-the-scenes events featuring rarely seen objects from the collection
  • Additional free one-day parking vouchers (four total) 
  • Opportunity to host a large-size private event in the Museum at a discounted rental rate
  • Recognition in the University of Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Society


Bronze Circle $1,500 – $2,499
All but $400 tax-deductible

  • Personal assistance from Penn Museum staff when planning a visit
  • Invitations to private receptions, lectures, exhibition previews, tours and annual LES dinner
  • Recognition in the Penn Museum’s Annual Report, website and on special signage at the Museum
  • Three one-day parking vouchers
  • Free admission for three guests per visit
  • 15% discount at the Shops and 10% discount at the Museum Café
  • Specially designed, commemorative LES lapel pin


All levels also include the core benefits of General Membership including:

  • Free unlimited general admission all year to the Penn Museum's world-class collection
  • Three issues of renowned Expediton magazine per year mailed to your home
  • Reciprocal free admission to 600 museums throughout the United States and Canada

For additional and more specific information about upcoming special events for LES members, please call the Membership Office at (215) 898-5093.


Four easy ways to join:

ONLINE
Please note that a membership gift made online may take up to 3:00 pm the following business day to register in the online event registration system.

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Or renew your membership:
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ON SITE 
Visit the Admissions Desk at any of the Museum's entrances

BY MAIL
Download the PDF

BY PHONE
Call (215) 898-5093 and say, "I want to join today!"


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