A&I Building Bicentennial Exhibit Opens

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The Arts and Industries building is restored as closely as possible to its original appearance to house the Centennial exhibition. Among the notables present at the opening ceremonies for "1876: A Centennial Exhibition" are Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger who arrive in the horse-drawn carriage that had carried President Ulysses S. Grant to the 1876 exposition in Philadelphia. The Centennial recreation is one of 23 special Bicentennial of the American Revolution exhibitions and projects at the Institution, known collectively as "The American Experience." Another highlight is the exhibition "A Nation of Nations" in the National Museum of American History.


  • Burger, Warren E. 1907-
  • Grant, Ulysses S (Ulysses Simpson) 1822-1885
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Arts and Industries Building)
  • Bicentennial of the American Revolution
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1976, p. 218-19
  • Torch, 6/1976, p. 1
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"

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


May 10, 1976


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