Director of the National Portrait Gallery Alan Fern Retires

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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.


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


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

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