Volume 50 / Issue 1


Issue Cover

On the Cover: This cannon barrage by British re-enactors generated enough smoke to blot out the sky during the re-enactment of the "Massacre" at Fort William Henry on 16 September 2007.
Photo by David R. Starbuck.

From the Editor – Spring 2008

By: James R. Mathieu

Welcome to the first issue of Expedition’s 50th volume! Once again, we present three feature articles—two on historical archaeological research within the United States and one that anthropologically examines contemporary life in Cuba. The first article transports us to Montana to explore the rough beginnings of medical tourism about a hundred years ago in the […]

Museum Mosaic – Spring 2008

People, Places, Projects

International Classroom Receives Subaru Grant Penn Museum’s International Classroom (IC) program has received a $4,975 grant from the Subaru of America Foundation to offer presentations on ancient and modern cultures for students in Philadelphia, PA, and Camden, NJ, public schools. This grant demonstrates the continuing collaboration between Penn Museum and the Subaru of America Foundation […]

Surviving: A Lightning Rod

Exhibit Notes

By: Janet Monge and Alan Mann

“The exhibition promises to break new ground as the first of its kind to address aspects of human evolution in the broad context of mammals, and will be thought- provoking and insightful. It offers the framework and materials to address misconceptions. The [Museum] has the collections and intellectual resources to develop the exhibit. Although consciously […]

Bringing Excitement to the Classroom: A Sabbatical at the Museum

Class Notes

By: Debbie Tsarfati

“Why do we have to learn this?” and “How will I ever use this in my life?” Each September new students question the relevance of studying ancient history in my sixth-grade class at Klinger Middle School. Trying to get them to understand that we can learn a lot about ourselves and our society today by […]

Giving to the Museum

From the Director

By: Richard Hodges

Philanthropic giving is at the heart of modern American museums—it exists on a scale that makes a European blush with envy. My tenure at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology began last autumn with a singularly important act of philanthropy — Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Overseers and CEO […]

Meet the New Director

Richard Hodges, The Williams Director

By: Deborah I. Olszewski

On October 1, 2007, Penn Museum welcomed its new Williams Director, Dr. Richard Hodges, O.B.E. His archaeological career began in the late 1960s in his home village in Wiltshire, England, where, as a teenager, he attended a lecture by Duncan Grant King—one of the excavators during the 1920s of the famous British prehistoric site of […]

Charles R. Sheeler, Jr.: A Famous Artist Photographs the Museum

Charles R. Sheeler, Jr.: A Famous Artist Photographs the Museum

By: Alex Pezzati

Charles R. Sheeler, jr. (1883–1965), a pioneer of American modernism, was one of the most important American artists and photographers of the 20th century. Influenced by Cubism and European Modernism, he demonstrated versatility in both photography and painting, two arts that he believed were complementary and equal. Employing a style called Precisionism that combined abstraction with […]

Cuba: The Accidental Revolution

Film News & Reviews - Spring 2008

By: Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

Cuba: The Accidental Revolution Written and Directed by Ray Burley. (Produced by CBC’s The Nature of Things, 2006). 90 min, color, stereo, close captioned, grade level: 10-12, college, adult, $395.00, ISBN (VHS) 1-59458-671-3 / (DVD) 1-59458-672-1. Available from Bullfrog Films: www.bullfrogfilms.com. This two-part educational documentary blends issues of contemporary interest and global concern—socialist Cuba’s survival, sustainable […]

What Do You Think of That?: Museum Staffers Blog about Museums

Conservation Notes

By: Lynn Grant

Most of us who work in museums usually entered the field because of a love for museums. One of the unfortunate occupational hazards, however, is that, after working in a museum, one’s museum-going experiences are permanently affected. I first became aware of this as a conservation student in London when I visited the Royal Academy to […]

Penn in the World: Twelve Decades at the University of Pennsylvania Museum

Exhibit Notes

By: Ann Blair Brownlee and David B. Brownlee

In the fall of 2006, we assembled a marvelously diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students from the Departments of Anthropology, History of Art, Religious Studies, Architecture, and East Asian Languages and Civilizations to plan an exhibition that would tell the complex and compelling story of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. […]