News and Announcements

Peabody Museum to Digitize and Share Kalahari Archives with Descendant Communities in Africa

Kalahari kids lean on Peabody truck.

The Peabody Museum begins a two-year project to catalog, digitize, and share the photographs and records of one of the most significant contributions to American anthropology: the eight Marshall Family expeditions to the northwest Kalahari region of Southern Africa (1950 –1961). The museum will share the archives with the descendants of the Ju/’hoansi and G/wi, with whom the Marshalls worked.

The Marshalls documented how the Indigenous peoples of the Kalahari San (primarily the Ju/’hoansi) lived prior to extended contact with the “modern world.”

Photos and Videos by Hispanic Teens to Be Featured

In September, 2020, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture—a consortium that includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—will launch Hear Me Out, a project to expand Hispanic engagement by collaborating with youth. The consortium will partner with two youth-serving agencies in Chelsea and Somerville, neighboring cities that have large Hispanic populations, and the Somerville Media Center.

Museum Closed to the Public

We continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and prioritize the safety of our visitors, staff, students, and volunteers. In the interest of reducing the number of people on campus and slowing the opportunity for transmission, the university museums are closing to the public, at the end of business on Thursday, March 12 until further notice. This is in alignment with the closing of many other Boston-area public museums.

Over the next few weeks we will be assessing the situation and reviewing options for when we will be able to re-open to the public. 

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