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For Fiscal Year 2011, the Smithsonian's 6,637 volunteers gave 616,047 hours of service to the Institution. Volunteers helped the Smithsonian by conducting research, working behind-the-scenes with our staff and collections, serving as docents, staffing public programs, working as citizen scientists and assisting with seasonal programs such as the Folklife Festival and Summer Camp.


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Chronology of Smithsonian History


SI Email Announcements, April 2, 2012, Message from the Secretary: Volunteer Appreciation Month, by G. Wayne Clough

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


October 2010-October 2011


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