Smithsonian Women's Committee Dinner and Dance

ID: SIA RU000371 [75-15951-22]

Creator: Hofmeister, Richard K

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1975

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: January 1976, Image No. 75-15951-22

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Smithsonian Women's Committee Fifth Annual Christmas dinner-dance in the rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History, with Fenykovi elephant in view.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Women's Committee
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs


  • Original film available in SIA Acc. 11-009.
  • Featured in the "Torch," January 1976.
  • From Torch article: "Members of the Women's Committee turned the rotunda and first balcony of the Natural History Building into a Victorian conservatory for their fifth annual Christmas dinner-dance December 12. The mood of nostalgia was enhanced by more than 100 major palms and botanical specimen trees that were set among the columns and around the balcony. Centerpiece for the event was the Fenykovi elephant, decorated with a handmade saddlecloth and a red bow on its tail. It was surrounded by banks of poinsettias, white orchids and greenery. Strings of popcorn and hundreds of cut-outs - paper fans, stars, lanterns and loop swags - helped to recreate a Victorian Christmas tree."

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: January 1976, Image No. 75-15951-22

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1975
  • December 12, 1975

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Holiday decorations


Black-and-white photographs

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SIA RU000371 [75-15951-22]

Physical description

8 x 10;

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