More Than a Ballgame;
A Special Celebration
at the Museum, Too
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.
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 Anthropologys
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.
the days 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.
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.
will have an opportunity to learn about the long and rich cultural
traditions of the Mongolian people. Childrens 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-Shirtsfeaturing
Genghis Khanavailable to the first 300 adults to sign up for
the Museums new, free e-mail newsletter service.
For a complete
schedule of the days events visit the Museums special
exhibition website at www.upenn.edu/museum/Mongolia
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 8, October 16, 2001
October 16, 2001
Volume 48 Number8