The Women's Committee - Penn Museum
The Women’s Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology develops and champions programs to stimulate interest in the Museum, cultivates new audiences, and promotes Museum membership and attendance. The Committee provides financial support for Museum fund-raising efforts, and creative ideas and funding for new and ongoing projects.
In 1937 a small group of women, primarily wives and relatives of Penn Museum’s Board of Managers, formed the Women’s Committee to help stimulate interest in the Museum’s research and educational programs, and provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Today, 50 members strong, the Women’s Committee works actively to develop and champion new programs designed to introduce Penn Museum to a wider audience, broaden its base of members and supporters, and help maintain its operation.
Over the past five years alone, the Women’s Committee has contributed over half a million dollars to help support
Penn Museum in its mission to offer the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage. The Women’s Committee funds have supported the professional development fund, provided funds for audio tour devices, helped to refurbish the Kress Entrance, and provided
ongoing support for education and outreach programs.
About Penn Museum
An internationally renowned educational and research institution, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is dedicated to the understanding of cultural diversity and the exploration of the history of humankind. Founded in 1887, Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world. Today the Museum’s galleries feature materials from the ancient Mediterranean World, Egypt, Mesopotamia, South and East Asia, and Mesoamerica, as well as artifacts from the native peoples of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania.
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