I arrived at the Haffenreffer Museum of the American Indian, as it was then called, in 1958, after all but one of the cigar-store Indians had been sold and the proceeds used to create the lower gallery (four-sided stand-alone boxes for small items, a platform along one wall for large items, and a bank of four or five glass cases). Dr. Giddings had borrowed items for this display from the University Museum in Philadelphia where he had connections; other items were in the extant collection. That galley turned what had been a collection of Amerindian artefacts into an Anthropology museum. The rest of the building, including the entry room, had heavy glass cases filled with shallow boxes where arrowheads rested on yellowing cotton cushions.
The 2017 academic year marks the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s 60th anniversary with Brown University.
"Sixty at 60" brings together people whose lives have intersected across six decades through their involvement with the Haffenreffer Museum.
Their reflections will provide insights into the ways academic museums transform lives, inspire discoveries, and provide space for new conversations within and beyond the university.
- Douglas Veltre – Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage January 16, 2018
- Dr. Barry R. Bainton, ‘63/64 – Applied Anthropologist (retired) August 17, 2017
- Theo Koda – Anthropology concentrator and Museum Intern, Brown University ‘17.5 August 11, 2017
- Hannah Sisk, AB‘13 Archaeology August 2, 2017
- Professor William Simmons (Part II) – Professor of Anthropology, Brown University July 20, 2017
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