Gov't Executive Board for Centennial Expo




Date: January 23, 1874


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  • By executive order of the President, a Government executive board is established to coordinate a collective exhibition for the International Exhibition to be held in Philadelphia in 1876. Membership of the board is to consist of a representative from each of the Executive Departments of the Government in which there are articles suitable for exhibition.
  • On March 25, the nominations to the board are accepted by the President, including that of Assistant Secretary Spencer F. Baird to represent the Smithsonian. Baird will subsequently be tasked with producing all the U.S. government exhibits for the Centennial Exposition.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • United States President
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • United States Government Building at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Smithsonian exhibit was housed inside. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 82-12918.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 325-327, 838
  • 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. 702-703
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1875, p. 58

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January 23, 1874


  • Assistant Secretaries
  • Interagency Relations
  • Exhibitions
  • Executive orders

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