The Orion

Ceremonial dedication to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Jacqueline Morales

February 16, 2017

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly expanded Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology took place Tuesday.A tribute and dedication to Valene L. Smith's work was celebrated along with her 91st birthday. Smith is a greatly merited faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, and a long-time suppo...

Valene Smith: life actually exists outside of textbooks

Valene Smith in front of the world map in her anthropology museum sharing the many stories of her travels around the world. Photo credit: Sam Barker

Dana Muensterman

September 19, 2015

Born on Valentine's Day of 1926, Valene L. Smith was introduced to this world with a creative heart and a passion for adventure. Although being born during the depression was not ideal, her family made the best out of it from their single-roomed apartment in Los Angeles. Smith attended UCLA and graduated...

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