By Nancy J. Parezo
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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. 19 If Native peoples were to be included, and the idea was still aﬂoat, the department needed more land to build a village near the Philippine Reservation. The land near the university was divided into ﬁve narrow strips, owned by different families.
In concluding, he recommended that the lpec hire McGee and Holmes to further reﬁne and install the exhibit. McGee would be in charge of outlining the details and securing ethnic groups. Holmes would be in charge of the installation. ” Francis’s initial reaction to the grandiose plan is unknown, but he did not immediately turn it down nor ask for revisions. 15 Francis wanted more information. He asked Lehmann to talk to other anthropologists to see whether the plan was feasible, to critique its conception, amend it as needed, and comment on the projected costs.
He said that for seventy-ﬁve groups the absolute minimum would be one and a half million dollars, but three million was actually realistic (McGee 1905d). The anthropology committee ultimately relied on Frederic Ward Putnam’s assessment of the plan. Putnam sent his departmental report for the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition. He noted that it had taken more than two years to plan the exhibits, locate, transport, and assemble artifacts and peoples, and several months to dismantle the department after the exposition closed.
Anthropology Goes to the Fair: The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition by Nancy J. Parezo