“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Lumpkin in Stewart County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Westville Symposium

Side 1: Westville Symposium Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 1992
1. Side 1: Westville Symposium Marker
Inscription. (Side One):
On October 12, 1973 an informal group of fifty persons, having an interest in several areas of academic research, met at Westville's Yellow Creek campmeeting tabernacle for a three day symposium to discuss a subject of mutual concern. They came from across the nation to share information about evidence of transoceanic contacts between precolumbian Americans and ancient peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa.

A major problem was popular skepticism resulting from the scholarly dictum of NEBC (No Europeans Before Columbus).

(Side Two):
Academic Pioneers

The first Westville Symposium on precolumbian transoceanic contacts was a significant event in American historiography and was followed by similar meetings here in 1974 and 1975. More than 150 people participated in this series of talks.

Many of those who assembled at Westville have become leaders in the revisionist movement in American history that has grown since that time. Although strongly resisted by conservatives, this new history promises a more accurate understanding of precolumbian Americans as an interacting component of world society and not as an isolated culturally backward segment of mankind as the NEBC school had taught.
Erected 1988 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and
Side 2: Academic Pioneers image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 1992
2. Side 2: Academic Pioneers
the Institute for the Study of American Cultures.
Location. 32° 2.383′ N, 84° 47.1′ W. Marker is near Lumpkin, Georgia, in Stewart County. Marker is on Forsyth Street (entrance to Westville Village) 0.4 miles east of Westville Village Museum Store. Click for map. The marker is on a walking trail, near the Arbor at Westville Village. Westville Village is located one-half mile south of Lumpkin on Martin Luther King Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1850 Martin Luther King Drive, Lumpkin GA 31815, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stewart County Academy and Masonic Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lumpkin and Stewart County (approx. one mile away); County Courthouse (approx. one mile away); Our Soldiers (approx. one mile away); Bedingfield Inn (approx. one mile away); John Wellborn Root Birthplace Site (approx. one mile away); Masonic Female College (approx. 1.2 miles away); Providence Canyons (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lumpkin.
More about this marker. This marker was once located at the entrance to Westville Village from the parking lot. Prior to 2003 it was relocated to its present location.
Also see . . .  Westfield Village. Westville Village is a reconstruction of an 1850s Georgia village, using authentic buildings moved to the site. (Submitted on August 22, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
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