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What was then Washington's third largest snowstorm of the century (as of 2011 it is seventh) forces the Smithsonian Institution museums to close at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 11, and to remain closed all day on Saturday, February 12. The buildings reopen on Sunday, February 13, but only 15,073 (compared to an average of 50,000) visited the museums.


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, "The Torch," March 1983, p. 1.

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February 11, 1983


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