Pope John Paul II Visits Smithsonian

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Pope John Paul II visits the Smithsonian Institution Building. He is greeted by Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and Chief Justice Warren Burger and is presented with the Smithson medal.


  • Burger, Warren E. 1907-
  • John Paul II Pope 1920-
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • James Smithson Medal
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1980, p. 347
  • Torch, 11/1979, p. 1.

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


October 7, 1979


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