Protestors Storm the Smithsonian Castle

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On June 24, 2013, at 12:02 p.m., approximately 50 individuals protesting federal contracting wage rates enter the Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle. Several of the protestors gain access to the third floor where a Smithsonian Board of Regents meeting was taking place in the Regents Room. The protestor's read aloud a list of demands before the Board of Regents and peacefully left the building shortly thereafter. No one was injured during the incident. The protestors, although entering restricted areas of the SI Castle, were completely peaceful and no staff were at risk.


  • Office of Protective Services
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Regents' Room
  • Board of Regents


Chronology of Smithsonian History


SI Email Announcements, "Safety: Protest at the SI Castle," June 24, 2013.

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


June 24, 2013


  • Public meetings
  • Contractors
  • Demonstrations
  • Wages
  • Protests (Negotiable instruments)

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