Color drawing of 150th Anniversary flags on National Mall lampposts, circa 1996, Image no. SIA2020-000001.. Accession 02-189: Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Project Files, 1976-2001, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Design in Archives: 150 going on 175

2021 will mark the Smithsonian's 175th Anniversary. In honor of that, we're taking a look at what some of the design work went into making the Smithsonian's 150th Anniversary celebration happen.

The Smithsonian Institution will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2021. In honor of the upcoming celebration we're taking a look back at some of the design work that went into the Smithsonian's 150th anniversary celebration in 1996.

Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Logo, 1996. Image no. SIA2019-006021. Accession 97-069: Office of the Secretary, 150th Anniversary Program Records, 1992-1996, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Rejected Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Logo, circa 1996. Image no. SIA2019-006023. Accession 99-099: Assistant Secretary for Institutional Advancement, 150th Anniversary Program Records, circa 1996, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Program Cover - Smithsonian 150th Birthday Party on the National Mall, August 10-11, 1996. Image no. SIA2019-006022. Accession 97-069: Office of the Secretary, 150th Anniversary Program Records, 1992-1996, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Instructions - Banners and Flags to Promote the 150th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1996. Image no. SIA2019-006024. Accession 02-189: Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Project Files, 1976-2001, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Color drawing of 150th Anniversary flags on National Mall lampposts, circa 1996, Image no. SIA2020-000001.. Accession 02-189: Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Project Files, 1976-2001, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Black and white drawing of flags adorning the National Mall entrance to the Smithsonian Institution Building, circa 1996. Image no. SIA2019-006025. Accession 02-189: Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Project Files, 1976-2001, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Proposed design for National Mall lamppost flags by Mary Dillon Bird, Office of Exhibits Central, 1995, Image no. SIA2020-000002.. Accession 02-189: Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Project Files, 1976-2001, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Elevation drawing - 150th Anniversary flags inside the Smithsonian Institution Building, by Mary Dillon Bird, Office of Exhibits Central, 1995, Image no. SIA2020-000003.. Accession 02-189: Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Project Files, 1976-2001, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Elevation drawing - 150th Anniversary banner, by Mary Dillon Bird, Office of Exhibits Central, 1995, Image no. SIA2020-000004. Accession 02-189: Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Project Files, 1976-2001, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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