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Hall of Everyday Life (America), by Harrell, David, May 28, 1973, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 73-5669.

January 26, 1957

More than 800 people attend the opening of the Hall of Everyday Life in Early America, officiated by Secretary Leonard Carmichael. It is the first hall in the Museum to be devoted to cultural history, and includes an entire 17th century Massachusetts Bay Colony house, three 18th century rooms, an early 19th century bedroom, and a New England schoolroom equipped with original desks and benched. The hall, curated by the Department of Anthropology, occupied approximately 180 x 55 feet of the second floor of the Natural History Building.More

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