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The Smithsonian Institution must take steps that include selective hiring freezes, curtailment of equipment purchases for research and collections management, postponement or cancellation of planned exhibitions, cancellation of many free public programs, cutbacks in travel, and the elimination of extended summer hours in order to achieve the 4.3% reduction in its fiscal 1986 federal appropriation required by the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act.


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  • Although there can be no extended summer hours at any of the Mall museums, the National Zoological Park plans to extend hours from May 1 to September 15, with grounds open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and buildings open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," April 1986, p. 1.

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February, 1986


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