The Cultures and History of the Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress
This exhibition explores several themes, including the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America and the Caribbean as revealed in sculpture, architecture, and language; encounters between Europeans and the indigenous peoples; the growth of European Florida; and piracy and trade in the American Atlantic.
The Library has created two electronic presentations for this exhibition that allow for interactive exploration of individual objects. Visitors can use the newly designed technology "Page by Page" to turn the leaves of a seventeenth-century book, The Buccaneers of America. A second station highlights the Tortuguero box, a seventh-century wooden artifact from the Mayan culture, and allows visitors to examine the box and decipher its ancient hieroglyphs.
This exhibition is a preview of the permanent Kislak space to open in the Northeast Galleries of the Thomas Jefferson Building.