2017-2018 Annual Report

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Gifts of Time

The Penn Museum is deeply grateful to the community partners whose collaboration enriches our public programs and learning programs, and to the many volunteers and staff whose extraordinary efforts range across every section of the Museum, making it the very special institution it is. We thank them here for their time, their advocacy, and their exceptional dedication to sustaining our research, teaching, stewardship, and public programs. Without them, none of the Museum’s work would be possible.

We acknowledge with warmest thanks the members of our leadership volunteer groups—our Board of Overseers, the Director’s Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Board, and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center Advisory Board—for their personal and collective leadership in strategic guidance and service advancing the strategic initiatives that guide our Building Transformation Campaign throughout 2017–2018.

And we recognize and thank the 167 volunteers who contribute their time on a regular, ongoing basis in almost every curatorial section and Museum department and for many projects and programs. In 2017–2018, these individuals contributed at least 11,531 hours—an astonishing gift of service that advances every aspect of the Penn Museum’s mission.

Finally, we thank all of our staff in our Museum Departments and Curatorial Sections, whose exceptional work each day makes the Museum the very special institution we all enjoy.

Janet Simon working on paperwork

Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Simon

A volunteer in the Museum Archives since 2005, after working on the Tikal Digital Access Project in the American Section for two years, Janet’s passion is the culture of the ancient Maya.

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William Wallis with tribal headdresses

Volunteer Spotlight: William Wallis

A retired engineer and program manager, Bill Wallis has brought the organization and focus honed through his career to the Penn Museum’s American Collection, volunteering for a weekly six-hour shift for 16 years (!) and has really become an important and integral member of the American Section.

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