Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mysteries Of The Yard

What's in Harvard's attic?
Arranged in a new fourth-floor gallery, the exhibit includes objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas—which are part of a collection of artifacts started by the museum’s second director, Frederic W. Putnam, who first introduced American anthropology to the masses at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (i.e. the Chicago World’s Fair). Some of the artifacts were part of Putnam’s display at the actual event, which celebrated the then 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering the New World (for five months, 46 countries participated in the fair, which among other attractions, saw the unveiling of the world’s first Ferris wheel).
Who says Ivy Leaguers can't appreciate old kitsch?

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