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He was also inﬂuenced by the work of William T. Hornaday who developed “habitat groups” for natural history displays, and by the life groups exhibited at the 1889 Paris Exposition. S. expositions were innovative and precedent-setting (Mason, 1890, 1894a, 1894b; Wonder, 1990). By 1890 anthropology exhibit conceptualization was more holistic and varied. Hough began producing series tracing the “natural history” of implements such as the lamp and ﬁre-making tools, an idea McGee would use at St. Louis.
After construction workers in Forest Park found small Indian mounds, Francis contacted David I. , a former St. Louis resident working for the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, and asked him to excavate them before the land was graded. He did so during December 1901 and January 1902. The mounds were about forty-eight feet in diameter and contained human skeletal remains, pottery, and projectile points. Bushnell presented a paper on them at a professional meeting held in St. Louis on December 28, 1903.
They wanted artifacts but no congress of races. Francis now felt that to try to send expeditions was unpractical. Lehmann strenuously objected, so the board tabled the problem yet again. The anthropology committee stagnated. 17 Under the new streamlined organization, the lpec was divided into four executive divisions, with internal departments, without ofﬁcial advisory committees. The Department of Anthropology became Department H, part of the Division of Exhibits under Skiff ’s direction. Skiff reported directly to Francis.
Anthropology Goes to the Fair: The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition by Nancy J. Parezo