Berlin International Fishery Exhibition Opens

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On February 16, United States Congress appropriated $20,000 to enable the United States Fish Commission to make an exhibition on the part of the United States at the Berlin International Fishery Exhibition. Secretary Spencer F. Baird appointed Assistant Secretary George Brown Goode as commissioner in charge. Given the short time for preparation, most of the exhibition comes from components of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, plus a display of improved apparatus for fish culture. The Exhibition opens on April 20, and is scheduled to close on June 1, but because of the popularity of the display it is held over until July 1. The U.S. exhibit wins the grand prize for the best display, a large vase beautifully worked in silver and gold.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Berlin International Fisheries Exposition
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States Congress
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1880. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1881, p. 80-83.
  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901, p. 44.

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April 20, 1880


  • Assistant Secretaries
  • Awards
  • Secretaries
  • Exhibitions
  • Ichthyology
  • Fisheries
  • Expenditures, Public
  • History
  • Fisheries--History


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