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Penn Museum’s NAGPRA Repatriation Program

By: Amy Ellsworth

Central to the mission of the Penn Museum, is the preservation of cultural heritage as expressed in the Pennsylvania Declaration issued at the 1970 UNESCO Convention. During a Tlingit consultation visit in January 2008, Andrew Gamble, Jr. (Kaagwaantaan clan leader), Herman Davis (L’ooknax. ádi clan leader), and Tom Young (Kaagwaantaan Box House leader) donned Tlingit clan […]


West Wing Renovations–Week 9

By: Pam Kosty

At long last, the air conditioning units for the West Wing arrived on November 18.  Just a tad tricky to bring them up over the wall, into the Upper Garden, and then– –down a specially prepared shaft.  Ah, can’t you feel the cool breeze already?


Dancing Man at the Seneferu Pyramid in 1929

By: Amy Ellsworth

This man is one of many workers at the excavation of the Seneferu Pyramid in 1929. Maybe it was the presence of the motion picture camera that inspired him to start dancing. Notice the reaction of his fellow workers. For some, the inspiration to start singing and dancing seems pretty commonplace, but others start to […]


Xuanzang and the Silk Road Pt. 2

By: Stephen Lang

In my last post I introduced a Japanese painting currently hanging in the Director’s office, here is the basic information about the piece: Title: Buddha with Sixteen Benign Deities (Shaka juuroku zenshin)  釈迦十六善神 Period: Late 17th – Early 18th century Material: Ink and Color on Silk Provenience: Japan Artist: Signed Shuho What is going on […]


Giving Thanks

By: Therese Marmion

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I thought I’d highlight the fact that our 2009 – 2010 Annual Report was just published.  It is a piece that the Penn Museum produces every year whose primary purpose is to say thank you–to our many supporters, donors, members, leaders, and volunteers.  It is a beautiful publication, […]


US Soldiers Get a Behind-the-Scenes Tour

By: Katy Blanchard

As head of the Archaeological Institute of America’s program to work with departing soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Brian Rose has begun a two day series of workshops with Fort Dix. The first day, he lectures at their base and the second day, they come to the museum for various tours. I have had […]


West Wing Renovations–Week 7

By: Pam Kosty

Friday, November 12, 2010–Construction has been taking place on all three floors of the West Wing, as the restoration and air conditioning project continues apace. Brian Barger, Project Superintendent, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, stands in the room behind the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition gallery and points out the wooden doors, soon to be […]


Xuanzang and the Silk Road

By: Stephen Lang

The Director’s office sees all kinds of visitors.  From curators and researchers to  board members and potential donors, there is a diversity of interests and topics that get addressed over light cocktails and finger foods.  For this reason we have been trying to create a focal point in the room that relates to a particularly salient exhibit or […]


One Search to Rule Them All

By: Michael Condiff

Over the past couple of months the I.T. department had received several inquires about not being able to find specific content on our website. After getting some time to test the Search Functionality myself I had to concur that what had been implemented at the launch of the website two years ago was not going […]


West Wing Renovation Project – Week Five

By: Pam Kosty

The West Wing Renovation Project is in full gear, with construction workers in the Museum from very early morning to late at night, to meet the Secrets of the Silk Road deadline. Here are some of the recent activities seen on Friday morning, October 29:


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