September 21, 2016 Presentation

Incidents page 140September 21, 2016 - 6pm, Presentation


A New Look at Stephens and Catherwood,

with IMS Webmaster Keith Merwin

In 1841, John Lloyd Stephens and Fredrick Catherwood published the first detailed description of the Maya sites located in Central America with high quality, accurate illustrations. Their publications changed how people viewed the New World.

Both had traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. Stephens had written two very successful travel journals about his experiences and Catherwood had published drawings and maps of exotic places. But it was the three books describing their two trips to Central America that have captivated the world. Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (1841) and Incidents of Travel in Yucatan (1843) and Catherwood’s volume of lithographs Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (1844) were the bestselling books of the time. All three books are still in print and Catherwood’s illustrations are considered some of the finest drawings of Maya monuments ever done.

Please note that this and future presentations will now start at 6pm not 8pm.

The Institute of Maya Studies is now a community partner with Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. This program will take place in K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13). Check out the campus map for the location of Building K-4 on or, call the Maya Hotline (305-279-8110) for directions.


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