“What in the World?” Early Television Meets the World of Archaeology, 1950-1966: At the Penn Museum Exhibit

  • January 9, 2018
  • vol 64 issue 18
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caption: Carleton Coon, Jacques Lipchitz, Alfred Kidder II and Froelich Rainey, pointing at globe, on the TV set of What in the World?

The Penn Museum Archives’ exhibit, “What in the World?” Early Television Meets the World of Archaeology, 1950-1966, is being presented in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Provost Office’s Year of Innovation. The new exhibit looks back at the pioneering Penn Museum television program that aired on WCAU Philadelphia for more than a decade and was syndicated nationally by CBS from 1951-1955. By means of photographs, letters, other documents and video clips, the exhibition focuses on the highly original game show that aired in the early days of television. Hosted by Penn Museum Director Froelich Rainey, the program featured a changing panel of experts from diverse fields, who worked together to puzzle out “Where in the World” an artifact from the Museum’s collections came from. The exhibit runs through March 5.