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Enid A. Haupt and Lady Bird Johnson, by Strauss, Richard, 1988, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 88-8669-12 or 88-8669.12.

May 22, 1987

The Enid A. Haupt Garden opens on a 4.2-acre quadrangle adjacent to the Smithsonian Institution Building and Arts and Industries Building. The garden includes urns, red-brick paths, lampposts and 19th-century-style furnishings; below it is a three-story underground museum, research, and education complex. The garden is named for its donor, Enid Annenberg Haupt, who contributed $3 million toward construction of the garden.More

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