Ground Broken for SERC Laboratory

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Ground is broken for the new Smithsonian Environmental Research Center laboratory at the bureau's site in Edgewater, Maryland. The building, to be named the Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. Laboratory, is scheduled for completion in the fall of 1988. The Center is named in honor of Mathias, former United States Senator from Maryland, because of his many years of championing legislation to protect the Chesapeake Bay from overdevelopment and pollution.


  • Mathias, Charles McC (Charles McCurdy) 1922-
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," January 1988, p. 1.

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November 19, 1987


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