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The Sara Yorke Stevenson Legacy Circle acknowledges the generosity of donors who have made planned gifts to the Penn Museum. Whether through a charitable gift annuity, naming the Museum as a beneficiary of your IRA, or making a provision for the Museum in your will, the meaningful decision to make an estate gift helps ensure the Museum’s future.

Sara Yorke Stevenson (1847–1921) helped to create the Penn Museum we know today and that we continue to preserve for generations to come. A dynamic archaeologist and the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Penn (1894), she was a founder of the Museum and the first curator of the Egyptian and Mediterranean Sections. She later served as the Museum’s Secretary and its fifth (and only female) President from 1904–1905. She organized and analyzed field research in those areas, and helped to build the core of the Museum’s collections.

The Sara Yorke Stevenson Legacy Circle of the Penn Museum is named in honor of her extraordinary support of the Museum’s mission. Her legacy continues today thanks to similar visionaries who are committed to sustaining the Museum for many years to come. We would be grateful to welcome you to the Sara Yorke Stevenson Legacy Circle as one of them.

All planned gifts are recognized in the Museum’s Annual Report and at an annual event. Planned gifts to the Museum also count as planned gifts to Penn, which recognizes donors as members of its Harrison Society.

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