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The Smithsonian 's lecture room is destroyed in the January 24, 1865 fire that struck the Smithsonian Institution Building. Secretary Joseph Henry decides to not to reconstruct it, happy to be free of conflicts over the use of the space by outside groups and the burden of providing lectures for the public.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Lecture Hall


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Marc Rothenberg, et al, eds. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, January 1858-December 1865: The Smithsonian Years. Washington, D.C.: Science History Publications, 2004, p. 473, 530.
  • Henry Desk Diary, January 28, 1865, RU 7001, Smithsonian Institution Archives

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January 28, 1865


  • Losses
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Fire
  • Fires

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