Teaching South Asia through the Penn Museum’s Loan Box Program

During a two-day teacher training at the Penn Museum (July 30-31), K-12 educators joined the South Asia Center for an exploration of the Penn Anthropology Museum’s loan box program which allows Philadelphia area students to work with real and reproduced archaeological objects to learn about South Asian history and culture. Educators participated in hands-on workshops that demonstrate how to use objects in their classroom regardless of subject area or location. Penn Museum anthropologist, Dr. Kathleen Morrison, discussed her archeological research in India and along with Penn Museum Learning Center staff and South Asia Studies Department professor Ramya Sreenivasan, taught educators to develop engaging cross-curricular lessons that place objects at the center of learning. 25 participants received fourteen Act 48 Credits, free parking, free breakfast and lunch, and (upon completion of a lesson plan) a free Artifact Loan Box rental ($75 value!).