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He was active in developing many exposition classiﬁcation schemes between 1893 and 1915. ” This encyclopedia was valuable because it had full, accurate, and reliable information. ”18 A New Department of Anthropology Still no decisions were made. The board was ﬁnalizing contracts for the major pavilions and worrying about ﬁnding more land. Forest Park only accommodated the Main Picture; there was no room for the Pike, the Philippine Reservation, half of the state pavilions, or an anthropology building.
Thus St. Louis would have a very 20 | Organizing the Louisiana Purchase Exposition large entertainment zone, the Pike. Studies of previous zones indicated that the biggest draws were concessions featuring “exotic” peoples, especially those from other continents. To do this, the organizers decided they needed an anthropology committee (Higginbotham 1898, 482–91; Buel 1904). It was the ﬁrst departmental committee of the fair. The First Anthropology Committee Article 7 of the lpec’s bylaws established a standing committee for a department of anthropology on May 14, 1901.
The exhibits produced by Holmes and Mason for the 1892 Madrid fair, and Holmes, Mason, and Cushing for Chicago, mark transition points in American anthropological exhibits and, indeed, the theoretical orientation of American anthropology. For Chicago, Cushing developed four Southwestern life groups (Hopi kitchen, Navajo silversmith, Navajo weavers, and Zuni kiva ceremony,) and Holmes designed Apache, Sioux, and Powhatan family groups. This was the ﬁrst use of ethnographic life group exhibits in the United States, and they were extremely popular.