David B. Brownlee
Chairman, Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Jaffe Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Professor of English (Cinema Studies), University of Pennsylvania
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
Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority, City of Philadelphia
Executive Director and President, The Barnes Foundation
Eduardo D. Glandt
Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Wagner Free Institute
Executive Director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History and Civic House Faculty Advisor, 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
Chief Cultural Officer, Office of the Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, City of Philadelphia
2011–2012 was framed by transition at the Penn Museum, opening with the announcement that Williams Director Richard Hodges would depart the Museum at the end of the academic year to take up an appointment as president of the American University in Rome. In his final year, Richard led the Museum in achieving a remarkable string of milestones outlined in his 2008 strategic plan, including major capital improvements, new digital initiatives, and exceptional programmatic accomplishments.
Thank you to all of our supporters during 2011 – 2012. Please enjoy reading about the Penn Museum's accomplishments over the past few years by visiting the links below.
In 2010–2011, we welcomed 198,000 visitors to the Museum—over 40 percent more than the previous year's 140,000 visitors. And as Mike Kowalski mentioned, we were able for the first time to understand who they were through a survey of more than 570 visitors to Secrets of the Silk Road. This survey told us who came to this extraordinary exhibition and how they reacted to their Penn Museum experience...
In June 2009, the Penn Museum was presented with a compelling opportunity—to become the sole east coast venue for an extraordinary traveling exhibition from china never before seen in the West...
2008–2009 was an extraordinarily challenging year for the Penn Museum and all institutions, but we were pleased, with loyal support from many stakeholders, to be able to move forward with many of the goals outlined in the five-year strategic plan approved by the Board of overseers in december 2008, while continuing to develop a full implementation and business plan...
I write to you to introduce this annual report on the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology exactly one year after coming to Philadelphia as its Williams Director. It has been a remarkable year—far more so than I could have imagined coming to truly understand an extraordinary institution and to know the great University and vibrant city to which it belongs...
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.
Michael J. Kowalski,W74, Chairman
Robert M. Baylis
David Brownlee, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
Rebecca Bushnell, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
David T. Clancy, W70
Carrie S. Cox
Susan Frier Danilow, Esq., CW74, G74
Michael Feng, C79
Luis Fernandez, WMP89
Criswell C. Gonzalez
Peter Gould, LPS10
Ingrid A. Graham
Amy Gutmann, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
John C. Hover II, C65, WG67
Stacey Rosner Lane, Esq., C80, GR11
Diane von Schlegell Levy
Joseph E. Lundy, Esq., W65
Frederick J. Manning, Esq., W69
Carlos L. Nottebohm, W64
Geraldine Paier, Ph.D., HUP66, NU68, GNU85, GR94
Vincent Price, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
John R. Rockwell, W64, WG66
Eric J. Schoenberg, Ph.D., GEN93, WG93
Julian Siggers, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
Nicole Stach, Esq. (ex-officio)
Nancy Tabas (ex-officio)
Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
Jill Topkis Weiss, C89, WG93
Nanou Zayan, CW73
Susan W. Catherwood (Chairman Emerita)
Mary Bert Gutman
Bruce Mainwaring, C47 (Chairman Emeritus)
Sara S. Senior, CW52 (Chairman Emerita)
Charles K. Williams II, Ph.D., GR78, HON97
Josephine Hueber, CW47
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, Ph.D.