Inside the Peabody Museum June 2016

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Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

We're on a Boat! (Kind of...)

Warrior Kayak is Welcomed in Alaska

Silk Road Invitation


Summer SolsticeSummer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Kick off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration on Monday, June 20 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Enjoy a fun evening with circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, and hands-on activities for all ages, with free evening admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum,Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and Harvard Museum of Natural History.

You won't want to miss this special summer night featuring a special performance by the Revels Singers directed by George Emlen. Create your own summer crown with seasonal flowers and garden greens, turn yourself into royalty by making and wearing an Egyptian-inspired ornament, or craft your own sun streamer with powerful Aztec sun symbols.

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Bon Me’s pan-Asian delights will be available for purchase.

The Summer Solstice Celebration is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will move inside the museums. Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

PM# 969-1-60/12793We're on a Boat! (Kind of...)

How do you hone your underwater archaeological skills without the inconvenience of a wetsuit? This semester, students from the Harvard class Shipwrecks and Seafarers, Piracy and Plundering: An Introduction to Maritime Archaeology taught by Michelle Damian researched model boats found in Peabody Museum collections. Treating their models as though discovered at a shipwreck site, students worked to identify the history, culture, use, and construction of their boats, as well as learning how to communicate their findings to public. Check out their online exhibit, and feel free to send students your feedback through May 31, 2016! (Note: exhibit best experienced in swim trunks and flip-flops.) 

Peabody kayak at Alutiiq Museum's Qayat exhibition

Warrior Kayak is Welcomed in Alaska

After extensive consultation and a three-week, cross-continental journey by truck and boat, the Peabody Museum’s rare single-person Alutiiq kayak (PM 69-30-10/1619)  arrived for long-term exhibit by the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. (That's it in the photo, directly behind the speaker.) The kayak, which was acquired by the Peabody in 1869, was most recently on display at the Peabody in the exhibition Conservators at Work: Alaska's Historic Kayaks Renewed. The effort was funded under the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Save America’s Treasures program.

Now the kayak is on view in the Alutiiq Museum's exhibit of Alutiiq maritime traditions, Qayat. It rests alongside a full-size kayak frame crafted by Alutiiq kayak maker Alfred Naumoff, who was one of the consultants to the Save America's Treasures program. The kayak was greeted with wonderful media coverage in the New York Times and Anchorage Dispatch.


Silk RoadSilk Road Invitation 

Explore the Silk Road in Central Asia and Iran this fall, in a tour with Study Leader Joseph A. Greene, who is also the Deputy Director and Curator of our partner museum and neighbor, the Harvard Semitic Museum. This focused survey of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran ranges from the Persian-Turkic Silk Road oases of Samarkand and Bukhara to the ruins of Darius I’s Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings, and over the graceful bridges of Isfahan’s Zayende River. Admire seven different UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the old caravan routes from Central Asia into Iran, becoming familiar with the culture, nature, science, history, architecture and spiritual beliefs that have had such a profound impact on the modern world. This special Harvard Museums of Science & Culture trip has been arranged for all members of the public by Harvard Alumni Travel. 

See what's coming up in the Calendar of Events.

Image credits: Boat Model, PM 969-1-60/12793 (digital file #13950041); Qayat photo courtesy Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository.