The View From the Castle: The Bicentennial celebration, our national 'rite of passage,' is getting under way full steam at the Institution and elsewhere

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley describes present preparations that have been made for the Bicentennial of the American Revolution celebration in the United States. A sense of tradition, efforts made for easier transportation, and Smithsonian buildings and exhibits are discussed. Ripley explains the role of the Smithsonian in the celebration as a "lead legacy."


  • Bicentennial of the American Revolution
  • National Visitor Center


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 6, no. 4 (Journal)

Contact information

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


  • July 1975
  • 19th century


  • Anniversaries
  • Castle View
  • History


United States

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