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In preparation for the bicentennial celebrations of James Smithson's birth, Secretary S. Dillon Ripley has the statue of Joseph Henry turned to face out (north) towards the other museums on the Mall. Since the installation of the statue in 1883, the statue of the first Secretary has faced the original building, the Castle. The three-day job of turning the statue is completed on May 24.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Box 93, "Joseph Henry" Office of Public Affairs News Release 5/26/1965.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


May 24, 1965


  • Memorials
  • Sculpture
  • Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson
  • Joseph Henry Statue
  • Statues


Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

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