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Rather than have a separate exhibit building with static exhibits, the plan integrated archaeology with ethnology. The past would be joined with the present to eliminate a false dichotomy and emphasize cultural continuity. Past tribal customs would be shown in connection to each group’s ethnographic present. This would implicitly make the primitive groups living memorials of the past of all mankind. ” The anthropology committee agreed that the plan would have great visitor appeal. In fact, it could be the most outstanding feature of the St.
Francis referred the matter to a new working group (himself, a Mrs. Campbell, and a Mr. Shapleigh), which essentially tabled the decision. Meanwhile Francis requested his friend, Frederick Skiff (ﬁg. 6), director of the Field Museum in Chicago, to think about the matter. Skiff met with Putnam and reviewed the Holmes-McGee plan and decided it would cost more than a million dollars. Putnam next met with Francis and submitted a Organizing the Louisiana Purchase Exposition | 29 Fig. 6. Frederick J.
He recorded archaeological sites and studied local geology as he went, climbing down wells to look for stratigraphic sections. 35 Fig. 1. William J. McGee, 1900, Chair of lpe Department of Anthropology. Photograph by DeLancey Gill. Courtesy of National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, negative no. 02861200. Starting in 1875, McGee spent four years making a geologic and topographic survey in northeastern Iowa. He covered some seventeen thousand square miles, the most extensive area ever surveyed without federal aid.