First Lectures Under Smithsonian Auspices

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William Scoresby, an Anglican minister, Arctic explorer, and lecturer, begins lectures on the construction and use of the Rosse telescope. The lecture takes place in Odd Fellows Hall in Washington, D.C., and is the first lecture delivered under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Scoresby, William 1789-1857
  • Odd Fellows Hall


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, 1897, page 834, gives date as February 25, 1847.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 834.
  • Rothenberg, Marc, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Vol. 7. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996, p. 273, 274n, 302.

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February 18, 1848


  • Firsts
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • New Programs
  • Physical sciences
  • Telescopes
  • Astronomy


Washington (D.C.)

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