SI Exhibit at Centennial Exposition Funded




Date: March 3, 1875


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United States Congress appropriates $67,000 to the Smithsonian to participate in mounting an exhibit at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Some of this amount is to pay for a portion of the cost of a temporary building for the exhibition of articles belonging to the Government, leaving about $50,000 for the display by the Institution.


  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • United States Congress
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Photograph of the Smithsonian exhibit at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, 1876. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 90-7265.
  • George Brown Goode, in the Annual Report for 1881, observes that one of the effects of the Exhibition in 1876 is to make it plain to the people of the United States the educational importance of a great industrial museum. Beginning in 1876, the Smithsonian becomes active in gathering collections and exhibiting them for their educational value.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897., p. 325-326, 838
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1875, p. 8, 46, 58-71
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1881, p. 81-83
  • 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. 704-705.

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March 3, 1875


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