Early America Hall Opens in NHB

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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. The hall accompanied approximately 180 x 55 feet of the second floor of the Natural History Building. Much of the material was from the gift of Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood and the late Dr. Greenwood of Marlborough, Massachusetts. Material from the Arthur V. Michael collection of New England pottery and the Daniel W. Quattlebaum gift of American blown glass was also featured.


  • Greenwood, Mrs. Arthur M
  • Michael, Arthur V
  • Quattlebaum, Daniel W
  • Hall of Everyday Life in Early America (Exhibition) (1957: Washington, D.C.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch gives date as January 27. Annual Report contains numerous photos detailing the exhibit.
  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1957, p. 6-13
  • Torch, 2/1957, p. 1.

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


January 26, 1957


  • Architecture
  • Openings
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Building
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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