Ripley: Monarch on the Mall

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The article provides interesting dates in Ripley's pre- Smithsonian days as well as all major Smithsonian Institution dates of his tenure. The article lists achievements in terms of museums and research projects. Ripley's attitude, as well as the Institution's and his critics', towards change regarding the Institution is given. Ripley discusses plans for preparing the Smithsonian for the Bicentennial celebration of the United States.


  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Bicentennial of the American Revolution


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Sunday, March 3, 1974


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