RIVER OF GOLD Opening Afternoon Celebration at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

07 SEPTEMBER 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte opens at the University of Pennsylvania Museum with an afternoon public celebration, free with Museum admission donation, featuring music and dance of Panama, modern metal jewelry-making demonstrations, plus “golden” jewelry-making opportunities for children and their families. Curator Dr. Pamela Jardine, co-author, with Dr. Robert Sharer, of the book, River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte, offers a talk, “Going for the Gold,” and a book signing, while Museum docents share insights and answer questions in the special exhibition.

Así es Panamá dancers, long-time coalition members of Philadelphia’s Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas, present traditional folk dances of their native country. Emiliano Pardo-Tristán, Panama-born composer and classical guitar musician, performs a selection of traditional Panamanian and Latin American folkloric music. A Philadelphia resident, Mr. Pardo-Tristán has performed both locally and internationally in groups and solo. He is joined by Cynthia Folio, a flutist and a professor at Temple University. Lexi Erickson of Lexi Erickson Designs, President of the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths and jewelry teacher at the Baum School of Art in Allentown, demonstrates metal jewelry working techniques, ancient and modern, throughout the afternoon.

The Museum Café joins in the festivities, featuring light Latino lunch and snack menu options. The Museum Shops feature reproduction gold-plated jewelry inspired by the artifacts in the Museum’s Sitio Conte collection.

A schedule of the day follows:

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Curator’s Lecture: “Going for the Gold: The Exciting Story of the 1940 Panamanian Expedition” (Dr. Pamela Jardine)

2:30 to 3 p.m.
Así es Panamá, traditional Panamanian dance

3 to 3:30 p.m.
Emiliano Pardo-Tristán, Panamanian Classical Guitar, with Cynthia Folio, flutist

3:30 to 4 p.m.
Así es Panamá, traditional Panamanian dance

Thoughout the afternoon:

Golden Crafts
Families can create “golden jewelry” inspired by the exhibition
Jewelry Demo
Lexi Erickson of Lexi Erickson Designs
Museum Café
Latino lunch and snack fare
Museum Shops
Featured: Precolumbian-inspired reproduction gold jewelry
In the exhibition
Docents speaking English and Spanish

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at http://www.penn.museum.

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