Exhibit Opening: Northern Horizons, Global Visions - J. Louis Giddings and the Invention of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

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Friday, October 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Manning Hall

The Haffenreffer Museum invites you to join us as we open our newest exhibit, "Northern Horizons, Global Visions: J. Louis Giddings and the Invention of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology."

Remarks by: Robert W. Preucel - Director, Samuel M. Mencoff - Chancellor, and Kevin P. Smith - Exhibition Curator

When Rudolf Haffenreffer's family donated the King Philip Museum to Brown University in 1955, there was neither an anthropology department nor faculty qualified to steer it. In accepting the gift, President Barnaby Keeney remarked that it would "provide a sound basis for the development of research and teaching in anthropology." He subsequently hired James Louis Giddings - a pioneering Arctic archaeologist, anthropologist, and natural scientist - to run it and to establish a program in anthropology within Brown's department of sociology.

For the Museum's 60th Anniversary, we look back not only at J. Louis Giddings' life, but also at the work of his students and the Museum itself, using objects from the collections to explore the vision he had, and the horizons he crossed, to transform the King Philip Museum into Brown's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.