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Penn Family Day:
More Than a Ballgame;

A Special Celebration
at the Museum, Too

Penn Family Day is Saturday October 20. In addition to the festivities at Franklin Field in conjunction with the Penn-Yale football game the University Museum will celebrate the opening of Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan. Below are the events taking place at the Museum throughout the day.

A full-day Mongolian celebration featuring special performances, arts, crafts, family activities, film, talks and more kicks off the public opening of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s all-new exhibition Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan on Saturday, October 20. The celebration activities, which run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., are free with Museum admission donation ($5 adults; $2.50 students and senior citizens; free for Museum members, PENNcard holders and children under 6). The exhibition, which features Mongolian cultural treasures from the National Museum of Mongolian History, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, runs through July 2002.

Headlining the day’s special activities will be eleven traditional performers from the Mongolian Performing Variety Ensemble of Chicago, Illinois. The group, features Mongolian musicians performing on traditional instruments, as well as dancers, two contortionists, and a throat singer. The group will perform at various times throughout the day.

Exhibition Curator Dr. Paula L.W. Sabloff of the University Museum, whose recent research in Mongolia informed the exhibition and the accompanying book, will speak at noon. Ms. Eliot Grady Bikales, the Assistant Curator of Twentieth Century History, National Museum of Mongolian History, will talk at 2:30 p.m. about traditional Mongolian clothing, samples of which may be seen in the exhibition.

Families will have an opportunity to learn about the long and rich cultural traditions of the Mongolian people. Children’s horse racing is a traditional passion among the Mongolian people, and the Museum will stage an opportunity for children to learn about the significance of the races, and try a (stick) horse race in the main garden area. Several films, including Taigana: The Last of the Reindeer Herders of Mongolia, a 1998 film that explores aspects of Mongolian nomadic life, will run several times throughout the day. There will be a story time with Mongolian folktales, and craft opportunities as children can discover and work with decorative elements and materials used on traditional Mongolian boots and hats. Guided tours of the gallery will run at 11:15 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. The Museum Café will offer a Mongolian-inspired lunch menu, in addition to its usual continental menu. Free collectors exhibition T-Shirts–featuring Genghis Khan–available to the first 300 adults to sign up for the Museum’s new, free e-mail newsletter service.

For a complete schedule of the day’s events visit the Museum’s special exhibition website at

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 8, October 16, 2001


October 16, 2001
Volume 48 Number8

The grand old Quad will have three new College Houses when renovations are complete next fall.
Getting around University City will be easier for pedestrians and motorists thanks to new signage.
A $6.7 million NIH grant has been awarded to the Institute for Medicine and Engineering.
President Rodin will receive the Beacon Award at the upcoming celebration of 125 Years of Women at Penn.
Professor Peter Stallybrass will receive the MLA's Lowell Prize for most outstanding literary or linguistic study.
La Casa Latina: the Center for Hispanic Excellence has a new director.
The ICA has a new director of marketing and communications.
A new Entrepreneur in Residence program gives students a chance to meet and mingle with experienced entrepreneurs.
Research in the social and behavioral sciences involving human subjects must be reviewed by Penn's Institutional Review Board.