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A power surge in one of Pepco's main feeder lines triggers a blackout in the American Art and Portrait Gallery Building. The power went out at 9 a.m., and a decision was made to let the employees leave, and to close the building, when it was not restored by 11 a.m.


  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, "The Torch," September 1985, p. 2.

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


July 30, 1985


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