Inside the Peabody Museum May 2017

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All the World Is Here Members Night at the Museum

And You Thought the Ketchup in Your Fridge Was Old...  

New All the World Is Here Exhibition Featured in Harvard Magazine

All the World Is HereAll the World Is Here Members Night at the Museum

Please join us to celebrate the museum's 150th anniversary and the new exhibition, All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology, at this special members-only open house event. 

Take advantage of the late evening hours and mingle with fellow members, enjoy refreshments, and talk with museum staff about the new exhibition, the Peabody Museum's history, and more.

  • Explore the new exhibition located in the beautifully restored 4th floor gallery featuring an astonishing array of over 600 objects from the museum's collections – many on display for the very first time.
  • Be immersed in the fascinating story of a Victorian-era museum’s rise alongside the then-emerging field of American anthropology.
  • Enter the world of a late 19th-century museum and be transported into the midst of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition where the museum's second director, Frederic W. Putnam and the Peabody presented their anthropological vision and collections to a wider world.
  • ​Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

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About the exhibition: All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology
Event details: Sunday, April 30, 2017 The Magic of Java
Event details: Thursday, May 4, 2017 Curiouser and Curiouser: Why Twenty-First-Century Wonderlands Need Anthropology Museums More Than Ever

food literacy project

And You Thought the Ketchup in Your Fridge Was Old... 

This month, the Food Literacy Project gathered a group of interested foodies for a special tour of the Peabody's ancient food-related relics that are not currently on view. The Food Literacy Project is a Harvard-wide initiative that hosts a fellowship program for students, as well as opportunities for Harvard and the broader community to explore the food system experientially and academically. 

The group saw prehistoric stone tools used for cooking, dried corn from the American Southwest, ceramics from Fort Independence, materials related to chocolate consumption in Mesoamerica, and items from colonial dining at Harvard. The dried corn told the story of crop domestication, with tiny corn cobs giving way to the larger variety that we are familiar with today.  A highlight for the group was the 17th-century wine bottle that was found in Harvard Yard--possible proof that students enjoyed a good wine, even back then. The group also saw the base of a personal growler, or beer tankard, from Harvard Yard with the student's initials carved on the bottom. The growler is akin to the reusable water bottles toted around campus by today’s students; colonial students would have drunk watered-down ale from such a growler.

--Kelsey McNamara, Masters of Public Health Candidate 2018, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 


Haida pipe

New All the World Is Here Exhibition Featured in Harvard Magazine  

"Not quite everything can be displayed on the splendidly refurbished fourth floor: the Peabody holds 2.75 million objects, plus more than 500,000 historic images. But the more than 600 items exhibited are a rewarding plenitude."  -- Harvard Magazine

Harvard Magazine's Treasure section features the new exhibition marking the museum's 150th anniversary with several pictures and a tantalizing glimpse of what's on view. 

Read the review


Image credits:  Haida Effigy Pipe. Carved wood and ivory, with hinged arms. Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. Ca. 1840. Native American impressions of their non-Indian partners in the Boston China trade can be seen in the objects they created for the wider market. PM 94-57-10/R195Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University.  © President and Fellows of Harvard College. 

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