Refreshments Sold in Smithsonian Building

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Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry gives Mrs. John Connor permission to sell articles of refreshment, exclusive of intoxicating liquors, to the visitors to the U.S. National Museum in the Smithsonian Institution Building. Her late husband, John Connor, had been an employee of the Smithsonian for fifteen years prior to his sudden death in 1864, leaving his widow and daughters destitute. Secretary Henry wanted to provide a way for Mrs. Connor to earn income to support her family, and none of the proceeds came to the Smithsonian. Secretary Henry also asked the Board of Regents to use Smithsonian funds to pay for John Connor's funeral, which they did.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Connor, John d. 1864
  • Connor, Mrs. John
  • Smithsonian Museum Shops
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Board of Regents


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When Board of Regents minutes are loaded into SIRIS, link this entry to the March 1, 1865 minutes


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents Minutes, March 1, 1865.

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March 1, 1865


  • Burial
  • Women
  • Concessions (Amusements, etc.)
  • Widows
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Smithsonian business activities
  • Watchmen
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

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