Six Decades at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Tag: 1950s (Page 2 of 2)

Ina Rosenthal-Urey – Associate Professor (retired), Wheaton College; Research Fellow Center for U.S./Mexico Studies, UCSD (retired)

PART 1:  I arrive at the Museum

lab_school_reunion-usLiving in Fall River, aged 31, in the late 1950s, and with four children, I was a bit bored. I was disinterested in bridge, mah-jongg and social activities. I had left N.Y.U. at 19 to get married and I felt my mind beginning to rust. And so, I saw a list of evening adult courses being offered at Brown University, a half-hour drive from my home. I chose a course in South American Cultures with Professor Dwight Heath. I found it absorbing and felt that it raised interesting questions. Professor Heath wrote me a note after the class ended inviting me to attend another of his courses, which I did. I also worked on classifying a set of slides developed by Professor Heath based on his work in Bolivia. Having enjoyed that project, I asked him if there were other “hands on” things I might do. He mentioned that Brown had a museum, the Haffenreffer Museum, in Bristol, Rhode Island – quite close to my home. He suggested I call and ask if the museum would accept me as a volunteer, which I did. The year was 1959 or ’60 and the call set me on a path that transformed me from a young mother to a career that ended at an “international think tank” in California. It also created a friendship that has lasted 50 years.

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Introducing SIXTY AT 60 – Kevin P. Smith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator

The 2017 academic year marks the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s 60th anniversary with Brown University. Our goal, in “Sixty at 60”, is to present at least sixty recollections and reflections from people who have been associated with the Museum over the past six decades. We’re asking our contributors to write about the Haffenreffer Museum as they knew it in their times and to reflect on how it contributed to their experiences at Brown, their careers, and their lives.

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