First SI-wide Christmas Party Held

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Summary

The first Smithsonian Christmas Party is held. An aid in archeology, Bob Jenkins, arranges for a program to be held at noon on Christmas Eve in the auditorium of the Natural History Building. Although it was initially planned only for the employees of that building, all Smithsonian staff were invited. Charles Terry, aid in archeology, read the Christmas story and employees sang carols. Secretary Emeritus Charles G. Abbot played a cello solo accompanied on the piano by Loyal Aldrich (retired director, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory).

Subject

  • Aldrich, Loyal Blaine 1884-1965
  • Jenkins, Bob
  • Terry, Charles
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," January 1956, p. 11-12.

Contact information

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

Date

December 24, 1949

Topic

  • Holidays
  • Christmas
  • Firsts
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

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