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.


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Adventures in Pre-Columbian Studies: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth P. Benson is a 209-page paperback book published by the Pre-Columbian Society in 2010..

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This 209-page paperback book is an outgrowth of the proceedings of the 2006 symposium convened by the Pre-Columbian Society to honor the career and achievements of Elizabeth P. Benson. Betty, to her friends, was the first curator of the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art and the first director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. The book contains 8 chapters written by professional colleagues: Julie Jones, Peter G. and Amy W. Roe, Steve Bourget, Justin Kerr, Esther Pasztory, Alana Cordy-Collins, and Betty Benson herself. The book contains nearly 100 images and illustrations, more than 60 in color.

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