Cultural Education Committee Established

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Smithsonian Secretary Robert McCormick Adams creates a Smithsonian Cultural Education Committee to promote diversity across all aspects of the Smithsonian. The committee consists of 12 to 18 members from outside the Smithsonian and focuses its activities for the next decade on educational programs, diversity at all levels of the Institution, monitoring and accountability of diversity efforts, sensitivity to cultural pluralism in exhibit programs, and public outreach. It is initially chaired by Jeannine Smith Clark, a member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents (the only female, African-American on the Board, at that time).


  • Clark, Jeannine Smith 1928-2018
  • Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018
  • Board of Regents
  • Cultural Education Committee


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1987. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988, p. 24.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "Robert McC. Adams Chronology."
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-076, Smithsonian Office of Education, Wider Audience Development Program, Cultural Education Committee and Program Activities Records, 1988-1994, Box 2.

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