Ceramic of Mayan god Known for excellent stewardship of historic buildings, artworks and artifacts, Miami Dade College recently received a major gift from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, including many pre-Columbian objects that will be housed at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. MDC received the gift in tandem with the University of Miami. The collection includes more than 2,300 rare books, maps, manuscripts, artifacts and historical materials with a combined value of approximately $30 million. Among the most highprofile pieces coming to MDC is Christopher Columbus’ letter to the King and Queen of Spain printed in 1494, including a map with the first images of what Columbus believed to be islands in Asia. This collection will expand MDC’s ties with the Library of Congress and University of Pennsylvania. “I think this is an ideal partnership,” said Jay Kislak. “We have the opportunity to combine special resources of each institution to create exhibitions and programs that will be enjoyed by Miami- Dade residents and the millions of people who visit here from all over the world.”
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