As many of you know, The Pre-Columbian Society at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology was formed in the early 1980s, spurred by interest generated by the university’s first Maya Weekend. Over the years our membership grew quite substantially, with members across the US and overseas.
In recent years, however, our membership has declined, initially after the Maya Weekend was discontinued and continuing as Maya-related programs have become dominant in other areas of the country. This has made it increasingly difficult to secure speakers to present their work with us in person
In response, the Board is exploring the feasibility of offering some of our monthly lecture programs via video conference. Speakers will be able to present either at meetings or from their location, and audience can view the presentations either by attending the meeting or viewing online. This change will allow us to present speakers from virtually any institution and to avoid the occasional weather cancellation. Workshops and field trips would continue to be offered as they become available.
We are working with the University Museum to implement video presentations, and expect that we will be able to resume our regular meeting schedule beginning with our October meeting (10/13/2018). We will not hold a meeting in September.
September has been our traditional membership renewal month but given the transition underway, our dues structure is presently under review. Dues will not be payable until October. Stay tuned for our October meeting announcement regarding dues.
Our Glyph Group will continue to meet at the Museum on the second Saturday mornings of each month (including the summer months) prior to our regularly scheduled meetings. The next meeting of the Glyph Group will be the third- not second – Saturday in September, the 15th. Beginning in October, the Glyph Group will resume its second Saturday meetings.
The Codex, will continue to be published.
We believe this structure will better serve our membership going forward, and we greatly appreciate your patience during our transition. We welcome any questions or suggestions you may have. The Board is deeply grateful for all the support the PCS has received over the years. We look forward to a continued commitment to our members and to our shared interest in the Mesoamerican world, past, present and future.
Sincerely, the PCS Board of DirectorsLloyd Anderson (honorary)