Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC

The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. (PCSWDC), is an educational organization dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding of the peoples of the Americas before the time of Columbus. Founded in 1993, the Society provides a forum for the exchange of information regarding these pre-Columbian cultures between academic professionals and interested members of the public.


The Sumner School, 17th and M Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C.

The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C., hosts monthly illustrated presentations by professionals in the fields of archaeology, art history, anthropology, history, linguistics, museum curatorship, and related areas. Meetings are held at the historic Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives and, generally, are the first Friday of every month. Light refreshments begin at 6:45 pm, followed at 7:15 pm by hour-long talks and question-and-answer sessions.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Following these talks, Society members and guests are welcome to join speakers for a relaxing dinner and lively discussion at a nearby restaurant.

For information about our upcoming monthly presentation, click on Events. For directions and advice regarding public transportation and parking, see below for meeting location.

Meeting dates for 2019 are shown below. All dates are Fridays, unless noted otherwise.

  • January 4

  • February 1

  • March 1

  • April 5

  • May 3

  • June 7

  • July 12 (note: this is the second Friday of the month)

  • August 2

  • September 6

  • October 4

  • November 1

  • December 6

Here is a sampling of recent talks presented at our monthly lecture meetings.

-  The Context of Hieroglyphic Monuments at the Later Classic Maya Court of La Corona by Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Tulane University

Fiery Mountains and Flaming Gods: Volcanoes in Ancient Mesoamerican Belief by Lucia R Henderson, PhD, Independent Scholar

- The Sican City: Urban Organization on the North Coast of Peru by Gabriela Cervantes, University of Pirraburgh



Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives

1201 17th Street NW
Washington DC 20036


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