Finding Colonial Mexico in Penn Libraries’ Collections
4-5PM, Friday, 11/15, first floor of the Museum Library
with guest curator John Pollack
John Pollack (Curator, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts), Deb Stewart (Head, Penn Museum Library), and Museum Library intern Cheyenne Riehl will be holding a special Off the Shelf pop-up event at the Museum Library.
We mark the reopening of the Museum’s Mexico & Central America Gallery with an examination of written and printed sources for the history and cultures of México in the colonial and early postcolonial eras. We will consider topics including conquest and conversion; religion and authority; and the survival of indigenous languages. On view will be documents from the collections of Carl Hermann Berendt and Daniel Garrison Brinton, long centerpieces of the anthropological collections of the Penn Libraries; from the Henry Charles Lea Library; and from more recent donations including the Sydney S. Keil Collection and the William Helfand gift.
The Penn Museum is reopening its main level this weekend. Included among the renovated areas is the Mexico and Central America Gallery.
Grand Reopening events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday are listed here: www.penn.museum/calendar/12/opening-weekend-celebration (free to PennCard holders, Penn Museum members, military personnel, and military veterans; others can purchase tickets online or at the door).
*** Please enter using the East Entrance to the Penn Museum’s Academic Wing (formerly known as the Kress entrance) as the Main Entrance will be restricted to RSVP’d Museum Members who are arriving for a preview. As always, the Museum Library’s Off the Shelf events are open to all members of the Penn community as well as Penn Museum visitors. ***