Smithson's Gift Exhibit Opens in Castle




Date: January 1996


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The Smithson's Gift exhibit opens in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution, based on the bequest of James Smithson. The exhibit discusses Smithson's gift, and subsequent gifts of money, collections, and time by philanthropists such as Thomas George Hodgkins, object donors such as Mrs. Helen Herron Taft, and the thousands of volunteers who assist Smithsonian staff every day.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Taft, Helen Herron 1861-1943
  • Hodgkins, Thomas George
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Great Hall
  • Smithson's Gift (Exhibition) (1996: Smithsonian Institution Building, Great Hall)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Exhibit was curated by Pamela M. Henson of Smithsonian Institution Archives and prepared by the Office of Exhibits Central.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives Annual Report for 1996

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


January 1996


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  • Donors
  • Specimens
  • Exhibitions
  • Philanthropists
  • Minerals
  • Volunteers

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