“The IMS Stelae.”
with Keith Merwin, Webmaster for the Institute of Maya Studies.
In 1971, Ian Graham (shown below on the right) was shown a picture of a stela that was for sale in California. He soon recognized the piece as one he had discovered in 1962, while working at the site of Machaquila in Guatemala. With Graham's help, the Guatemala government was able to recover Machaquila's Stela 2 (shown below on the left).
In March of 1972, the very first IMS newsletter reported that Board Members had negotiated with Guatemala the loan, for the first time ever to another country, of the Machaquila stela to IMS and the Miami Museum of Science.
In the early 1970s Bill Bogusky and his wife Dixie volunteered to help the IMS and Museum of Science. They traveled to Guatemala so Dixie could work on a design for the Maya Plaza. Here are some of the pictures Bill, a professional photographer, took on that trip.