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Great Hall of Smithsonian Castle Opens to Public

Great Hall of Smithsonian Castle Opens to Public
Henry, Joseph
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
February 8, 1855
Engraving of the Great Hall in the Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle, c. 1857. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 91-17967.
Source cited is the earliest known instance of the use of "Great Hall" to describe the ground floor of the Smithsonian Institution Building. A logbook containing the minutes of the Metropolitan Mechanics Institute in located in the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
W.W. Turner to J.R. Bartlett, January 31, 1855, J.C. Brown Library, Brown University (copy JHP 24500)
The Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building is opened to the public, occupied by the Metropolitan Mechanics' Institute fair. Secretary Joseph Henry is the president of the Institute.
Buildings, Smithsonian Institution Building--Early History, Fairs, Openings, Special events
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878, Metropolitan Mechanics' Institute, Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Chronology of Smithsonian History
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Great Hall of Smithsonian Castle Opens to Public

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