Docent (NMNH) Gina Pragan - 90 Years Young

ID: SIA2010-1577 and 91-8987-12A

Creator: Tsantes, John

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1991

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015 Box 2

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Natural History docents threw a party in the Associates Court Dining Room for weekday Highlights Docent Gina Pragan, who turned 90 on June 20. Pictured are: Gina Pragan (front row, second from right) with, from left, Docent Barbara Demers, Assistant Director for Education Laura McKie, Education Specialist Rebecca Mead (with beads), Docent Helen Heard & a host of other well-wishing docents and staffers. Pragan came into the program in 1975, when she was recruited with other volunteers who could speak various languages for the expected influx of foreign visitors during the Bicentennial. Pragan, a native of Poland, speaks Polish and German. She has stayed on ever since, giving tours in English that cover the whole museum and take approximately two hours.


  • Pragan, Gina
  • McKie, Laura
  • Demers, Barbara
  • Mead, Rebecca
  • Heard, Helen
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


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Featured in Torch, January 1992 Supplement

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015 Box 2

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  • Museum docents
  • Associates Court Dining Room
  • Volunteer workers in museums
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  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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SIA2010-1577 and 91-8987-12A

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Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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