Finding answers in our past
“The Hearst Museum renovation will dramatically strengthen our contributions to Berkeley’s research and teaching mission and more than triple our ability to serve local K–12 children.”
In 1901, when philanthropist Phoebe A. Hearst founded the Berkeley anthropology museum that bears her name, she seeded the collection with treasures from her own global travels. As a teacher, she understood the value of studying human endeavors through time and across cultures.
Now the largest anthropological collection west of the Mississippi, with nearly three million artifacts spanning two million years, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology is undergoing a dramatic transformation to boost preservation of and access to the collections and renovate the galleries. Nadine Tang M.S.W. ’75, a longtime, generous supporter of the Berkeley campus, was inspired by the museum’s focus on education and community engagement to support the renovation.
“I was completely unaware of the vast scope of its treasures, many of which were hidden in storage racks in dreary basements,” says Tang. “It was in the spirit of making these more accessible to the public that I chose to make a gift.”
Tang’s support will help to transform the Kroeber Hall gallery, which will focus on educational initiatives for undergraduates, faculty, and K–12 students. In this way, she is reviving the original vision of Hearst, who was instrumental in shaping Berkeley’s strength in the study of anthropology.