Outreach/ A commitment to go far beyond museum walls

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The article features signifigant outreach programs initiated by former Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley. Ripley's philosophy about museums, patterned after Secretary Spencer Baird's assisstant, Dr. George Brown Goode, is displayed in Ripley book, THE SACRED GROVE, as well as through the changes Ripley brought to the Smithsonian. Other programs, such as televison, radio, and publication projects, as well as a traveling exhibit program, took the Smithsonian to people who could not venture to the Mall. These programs were also fundamental in making the Smithsonian a national cultural center and no longer exclusively known as "the nation's attic".


Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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The Torch (Newspaper)

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


February 1984


  • Education
  • Secretaries
  • Museums
  • Successful people
  • Retirement
  • Museums--Educational aspects

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A Special Supplement to the Smithsonian Torch, pp. S5, S6

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