Director of the National Portrait Gallery Alan Fern Retires

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Summary

National Portrait Gallery director Alan Fern retired on July 1, 2000, after serving as the museum's director for 18 years. Under Fern's direction, the gallery's collection doubled to more than 18,000 works. In 1999 it had 432,000 visitors. When Fern retired, the six year renovation of the historic US Patent Office Building was already under way.

Subject

  • Fern, Alan Maxwell 1930-
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

The Torch-No. 00-3, 2000 Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession: 05-298

Contact information

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

Date

July 1, 2000

Topic

  • Art museums
  • Appointments
  • Museums
  • Museum directors
  • Art museum directors

Place

Washington (D.C.)

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