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George Brown Goode, by Unknown, c. 1880s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 11776 or MAH-11776.

December 28, 1888

Assistant Secretary in charge of the U.S. National Museum George Brown Goode reads his seminal papers on the history of museums and museums of history to the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C.  Goode is the leading thinker on the history, role, and practices of museums.More

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