Ripley Rescues Rooster at Nixon Inaugural Ball

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Secretary Ripley soothing a rooster at President Richard Nixon's second Inaugural Ball in the Museum of History and Technology, now known as the National Museum of American History. The caption reads 'Coming Home to Roost-- A Dominique Red rooster is soothed by Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, director of the Smithsonian, after it was taken into custody at the inaugural ball at the Museum of History and Technology Saturday night. It escaped from an exhibit on early American farm life and took refuge in a $1000 guest box. A guest objected she was being molested and Dr. Ripley came to her aid.' Secretary Ripley was an ornithologist and raised ducks on a pond at his home in Litchfield, Connecticut, so he was experienced at handling birds.


  • Nixon, Richard M (Richard Milhous) 1913-
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


AP Wire Story written in connection with photo. (hrm72358jd)

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 10, Folder: 11

Contact information

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


January 20, 1973

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Copyright: AP Wire Photo


  • Secretariats
  • Animals
  • Inaugural Balls
  • Secretaries
  • Birds
  • Rooster
  • Live Animals
  • Presidents
  • Event
  • Chickens


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Physical description

Color: Black and White; Type of Image: Event; Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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