19th Annual Peace around the World Celebration

Free Family Holiday Celebration Returns to the Penn Museum
Saturday, December 6, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

"Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways." ― Dalai Lama XIV

Peace Day 2013 sari wrappingwebPHILADELPHIA 2014—It's time to get into the holiday spirit! Bring family and friends to the Penn Museum Saturday, December 6, 11:00 – 4:00 pm for the free 19th annual Peace around the World holiday celebration. Guests receive Museum "passports" with itineraries to visit eight "countries" and their cultures—China, Haiti, India, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, and Russia—via eight international presenters, and explore festive holiday traditions from around the world. The afternoon also features holiday and children's music, storytelling, dance performances, henna hand art, balloon art, face painting, and a family craft activity that invites guests to offer their personal wishes for peace. Special museum gallery tours, holiday Museum Shop discounts for all, and free cupcakes for children make this a special day!

"This joyful and distinctively international celebration is Penn Museum's holiday 'gift' to our community," said Dr. Julian Siggers, Penn Museum Director. "We open our doors in the spirit of cultural understanding and in the hope we all have for a world at peace."

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Relâche New Music Ensemble Kicks off “Music for the Mystery of Silents” Three Concert Sunday Series at the Penn Museum November 16, 3:00 PM

Ensemble Reanimates Silent Films with Live Accompaniment

Maya DerenRelâche, Philadelphia’s internationally renowned new music ensemble, returns for an encore year as ensemble-in-residence at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The new three-concert series, “Music for the Mystery of Silents,” features live accompaniment to silent films presented in the Museum’s recently renovated Widener Hall. The series kicks off Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 pm, with Maya Deren: New Music and her Surreal Silent Films, with live music by Teiji Ito, Kyle Gann, Leslie Burrs, and Chuck Holdeman. The series continues with performances in January and May 2015.

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Penn Museum Launches New Partnership with Philadelphia Schools

Unpacking the Past: Penn Museum Launches Innovative New Middle School Program
Designed to Spark STEM Learning through Museum Engagement
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Private Grant-Funded Program Aims to Reach School District of Philadelphia,
KIPP, and Mastery Charter School 7th Graders and Their Families

Unpacking the Past logo LO-RESFALL 2014—Curators and staff at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology know that ancient Egyptian culture and the practice of mummification fascinate visitors. Coming face-to-face with real materials from ancient Egypt and other cultures is an experience few forget.

Beginning this fall, 7th graders in School District of Philadelphia schools, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), and Mastery Charter Schools, their teachers—and even the students' families—have an opportunity to delve deeper into the rich material culture and traditions of ancient Egypt and the ancient Roman Empire. Students can discover more about the ancient past, all while tapping into "Common Core" curriculum standards in language arts, math, and science, through an innovative new, multi-stage program, Unpacking the Past, at the Penn Museum.

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Day of the Dead—Día de los Muertos—Celebration at the Penn Museum Saturday, November 1

Event Extra: Treasures Sale and Show of Jewelry and Accessories Open
in Kintner-Dietrich Galleries

PR 13 DayoftheDead TAS 038webPHILADELPHIA, PA 2014—Throughout Mexico and around the world, Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Far from a morose affair, Day of the Dead is a celebration, rich in traditions and connections—it is at heart a celebration of life.

On Saturday, November 1, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Penn Museum presents the third annual Day of the Dead Celebration, with pageantry, traditional music and dance, storytelling and puppetry, paper maché artistry, sugar skull and mask making, face painting, special foods and more. Guests can view colorful altars (ofrendas) designed by regional community groups, and a large Day of the Dead altar created by the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center, co-organizers of the event, with the help of local artist Cesar Viveros.

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Penn Museum’s International Classroom Program Presents the 45th Annual International Students & Scholars Reception

Students 2 webPHILADELPHIA, PA 2014—The Penn Museum once again opens its doors to the world, as international students, scholars, and professionals new to the Delaware Valley are invited to attend the 45th annual International Students & Scholars Reception on Friday, October 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Welcome Reception, held throughout the galleries of the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, is free and open to all international students and scholars in the region.

The annual Welcome Reception, long considered a national model among international educators, hosts hundreds of international guests from more than 100 countries every year. The Penn Museum's International Classroom program leads the celebration to connect international guests with the local community and its resources, and to introduce attendees to the multicultural community of Philadelphia.

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New Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), Housed in Penn Museum’s Renovated Conservation and Teaching Labs, Launches in Fall 2014

Public Invited to Tour New Facilities as Part of Museum's International Archaeology Day Celebration Saturday, October 18

Classroom2-smPHILADELPHIA, PA 2014—This fall, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, in conjunction with Penn Arts and Sciences, launches the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), housed in a newly renovated suite of conservation and teaching laboratories in the Museum's West Wing. The new Center will offer the facilities, materials, equipment, and expert personnel to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in a range of scientific techniques crucial to archaeologists and other scholars as they seek to interpret the past. Study will be arranged around eight disciplines: ceramics, digital archaeology, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, human skeletal analysis, lithics, archaeometallurgy, and conservation.

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AAAS Satellite Image Analysis—Five of Six Syrian World Heritage Sites "Exhibit Significant Damage"

NOTE: The Penn Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center is involved in this international effort.

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In war-torn Syria, five of six World Heritage sites now "exhibit significant damage" and some structures have been "reduced to rubble," according to new high-resolution satellite image analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The AAAS analysis, offering the first comprehensive look at the extent of damage to Syria's priceless cultural heritage sites, was completed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's Penn Cultural Heritage Center (PennCHC) and the Smithsonian Institution, and in cooperation with the Syrian Heritage Task Force. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the analysis provides authoritative confirmation of previous on-the-ground reports of damage to individual sites.

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International Archaeology Day at the Penn Museum Features Behind-the-Scenes New Lab Tours, Talks on Recent Discoveries, Games, Tours, and Simulated Archaeological Dig

Janet Monge moves remains to CAAM classroomPHILADELPHIA, PA 2014—Visitors are invited to indulge their inner Indiana Jones on Saturday, October 18, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology celebrates International Archaeology Day.

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Poet and Peace Advocate Sonia Sanchez Leads Star-Studded FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE Celebration at the Penn Museum Sunday, September 21, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Multigenerational International Peace Day Program Features Performances
By T.C. Carson, Black Ice, Lady Alma, Danny Simmons, Jr., Vinie Burrows, More

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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2014—
This International Peace Day, the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, in collaboration with City poet laureate emeritus and peace advocate Sonia Sanchez, invites the community to join in a spectacular and life-affirming celebration, FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE.

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Unearth More Family Fun: Family Second Sundays at the Penn Museum October 2014 through May 2015

PHILADELPHIA , PA 2014—Children and families are invited to delve a little deeper, discovering more about the ancient Etruscans and Egyptians, the Maya, and more at monthly Family Second Sunday Workshops, 1:00 to 4:00 pm beginning this October at the Penn Museum. Geared to families with children ages 5 and up, each monthly drop-in Workshop, offered October through May 2015, features a craft, touchable artifacts, and gallery activities.

Attendees to a Family Second Sunday Workshop automatically become members of Penn Museum's Art Excavators Club. Club members who attend three Family Second Sunday workshops receive a free surprise!

Read more: Unearth More Family Fun: Family Second Sundays at the Penn Museum October 2014 through May 2015

 

Rare 6,500-Year-Old Skeleton Moves to Public View

The Penn Museum Invites Visitors to Share in Recent "Re-Discovery"
Rare 6,500-Year-Old Skeleton from Ur Excavation Site in Iraq
Moves to "In the Artifact Lab" Conservation Project Space Saturday, August 30

03 UpperBodyAndSkullPHILADELPHIA, PA AUGUST 2014—Following an early August announcement of a "rediscovered" find in a Physical Anthropology storage room—a rare, fragile, but largely intact 6,500-year-old human skeleton from the famous Ur excavations in what is now Iraq—the Penn Museum will be moving the skeleton to a public space beginning Saturday, August 30.

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Culinary Expeditions: A Fall Celebration of Food and Cultures

September through December 2014 at the Penn Museum

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PHILADELPHIA, PA 2014—
French historian Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) once noted, "The mere smell of cooking can evoke a whole civilization." This fall, the Penn Museum, home to art and artifacts from civilizations around the world, invites visitors to explore the international galleries with an eye to food, drink, culture, and cuisine as experienced by humans throughout the ages.

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6,500-Year-Old Skeleton Newly "Discovered" in the Penn Museum

Can Offer New Insights into Human History at Famous Ur Excavation Site in Iraq

Drs. Janet Monge and William Hafford investigate the 6,500-year-old skeleton.Philadelphia, PA Summer 2014—Sometimes the best archaeological discoveries aren't made in the field. Scientists at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia have re-discovered an important find in their own storage rooms, a complete human skeleton about 6,500 years old. The mystery skeleton had been stored in a coffin-like box for 85 years, all trace of its identifying documentation gone. This summer, a project to digitize old records from a world-famous excavation brought that documentation, and the history of the skeleton, back to light.

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"Borneo Odyssey," Experimental Theater Piece, Inspired by Museum Expedition

A Talking Orangutan Recounts Tales of Discovery and Adventure
at Free, Multimedia Program in Museum's Harrison Auditorium

borneo Actors sepia1 webPHILADELPHIA, PA Summer 2014— An adventurous, late 19th century scientific expedition, richly documented in the Penn Museum's Archives, is the inspiration for Borneo Odyssey, a new multi-media theatrical production, presented free of charge Saturdays, August 23 and September 13, 3:00 pm in the Penn Museum's Harrison Auditorium. (Separate admission fee required to view Museum galleries.). The September 13 production is a featured event of the 2014 Fringe Festival.

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Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania Invites the Public to Sign the "Treaty of Renewed Friendship"

At the Penn Museum Wednesday, August 13, at 1:00 pm
Event Features Ceremonial Passing of the Wampum

ShelleyDePaul03012014NAVOpening21-2PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2014—Long before the first Swedish settlers, before William Penn's arrival, before there was a United States of America, the Lenape people lived and thrived in Philadelphia and a wide region that included what is now eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and southern New York. The history and culture of the Lenape Indians is an integral part of this region.

On Wednesday, August 13 at 1:00 pm, members and friends of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, who will be 13 days into a 17 day "Rising Nation" Delaware River journey by canoe, take a slight detour to visit the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, inviting area neighbors, friends, organizations and families to participate at the signing of the Treaty of Renewed Friendship. Participants who choose to sign indicate their support of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania as partners and caretakers of their sacred homeland.

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Emergency Support for Syria's Cultural Heritage

Penn Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Smithsonian Institution Join Forces
To Offer Emergency Workshop, Training, Support for Syrian Museum Collections

JULY 2014—In addition to the high toll that Syria’s four-year-old civil war has had on its people and infrastructure, Syria’s cultural heritage has been and continues to be destroyed at an unprecedented rate. World Heritage sites like the historic city of Aleppo and Krak des Chevaliers, as well as medieval Christian cemeteries and numerous archaeological sites and museums, have been subjected to extensive raiding and looting.

MuseumDoorwebIn an effort to help stem the loss of the region’s significant cultural heritage, Penn Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Syrian Interim Government’s Heritage Task Force, have come together to offer assistance for museum curators, heritage experts, and civilians working to protect cultural heritage inside Syria. A three-day training program, “Emergency Care for Syrian Museum Collections,” focusing on safeguarding high risk collections, was completed in late June; additional training programs are being planned, pending funding.

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A Sun Ra Celebration

This Planet is Doomed: A Sun Ra Celebration
At the Penn Museum Thursday, July 10, 7:00 to 10:00 pm

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra’s arrival on Earth, The Galleries at Moore and Ars Nova Workshop (ANW), in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), present This Planet is Doomed: A Sun Ra Celebration, an evening of poetry, futuristic sounds, archival films and an Afro-Futurist dance party. The event is free and open to the public.

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HOT DEAL, Cool Offerings at the Penn Museum July and August

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PHILADELPHIA, PA 2014—This July and August, the Penn Museum in Philadelphia is offering all visitors a HOT DEAL: $10 general admission.

Adults, seniors, and children get in for one cool price (and 1/3 off regular adult admission): $10. (As always, Penn Museum members, children under 6, PennCard holders and active military—and, summer only through Labor Day weekend, active military families—enjoy free admission.)

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Penn Museum’s Summer Nights Concert Series Returns June 18

Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series
Returns for a Fifth Year Beginning Wednesday, June 18

Audience4Philadelphia, PA 2014—Wednesday nights throughout the summer are synonymous with two things at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in University City—eclectic live music and laid-back fun. Now in its fifth year, the popular Summer Nights Concert Series, presented by Dogfish Head Brewery, runs Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, June 18 through September 3, 2014. Concerts are held in the Museum's outdoor Stoner Courtyard, replete with fountains, gardens, and a lawn. General admission for guests ages 6 and up is just $10 (and includes Museum admission). The program is free for children under 6, Museum members, PennCard holders, and Penn Health System employees.Audience3

This year's lineup features a diverse mix of bands and musicians—offering lively Samba, raucous Turkish fusion, rhythmic Afro-Cuban jazz, and more—as well as American-influenced music drawing from blues, zydeco, and old-fashioned rock n' roll. The Penn Museum's international galleries remain open, with an optional, docent-led mini-tour in between music sets at 6:30 pm. Outside, guests of all ages can explore ancient Rome via touchable (and even wearable) artifacts at a Cartifact station.

Read more: Penn Museum’s Summer Nights Concert Series Returns June 18

 

Belly Dance, Chinese Music for Families at the Penn Museum's Summer Wonder Series, July 2-30

Penn Museum Presents Summer Wonder Series, Family-Friendly Programs Featuring Music, Dance, Storytelling and More Five Wednesday Mornings, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 2 through 30

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—
Penn Museum's Summer Wonder series returns this season with a diverse lineup of performances and demonstrations perfect for children 5 to 13, and the whole family. This weekly morning program offers an opportunity to enjoy international music and dance, hear stories from around the world, and more!

Summer Wonder 2014 programs run Wednesday mornings, July 2 through 30, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. The programs are free with Museum admission donation—guests may explore the museum before or after the program. For more information or to pre-register groups of 10 or more (no pre-registration necessary for individuals and families), call (215) 746-6774 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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