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Haffenreffer Museum Student Group Plans Exhibit

by on October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy edition: The Haffenreffer has weathered the storm and its staff members are getting back to work and checking for damage (we’re happy to say things look fine so far). We were planning a post about new acquisitions but, after a couple of unexpected days away from work, have had to postpone it. Instead, we present these pictures from the recent visit of the Haffenreffer Museum Student Group to the collections facility in Bristol (with thanks to Assistant Curator Nathan Arndt for his camera work). The group is making plans for a spring exhibit, weighing the options described below.

Above, curator Thierry Gentis discusses objects from the J. W. P. Jenks collection with students. Jenks founded and built the collection for Brown’s first museum, housed in Rhode Island Hall from 1871 to about 1915. His collection speaks to the relationship of anthropology to the natural sciences, and to institutional change in the discipline’s “museum era” at the end of the 19th century. Learn more about the Jenks Museum of Natural History at

Above, students examine objects from our substantial collection of furniture from Africa. They may propose an exhibit focusing on Ashanti stools, important as personal, utilitarian objects and as symbols of status, rank, and power.

We look forward to working with the Haffenreffer Museum Student Group, and we will hear from them here when they have decided what direction their exhibit will take. The group is registered with the Undergraduate Council of Students at Brown University. For more information, see

Our very best to our colleagues recovering from Hurricane Sandy!

~ Jennifer Stampe, Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology

One Comment
  1. Steven Lubar permalink

    And for even more on the Jenks Museum, check out this 1968 article from Books at Brown. Starts on p. 41.

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