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Joseph Henry, First Secretary of the Smithsonian
JHPE Joseph Henry, First Secretary of the Smithsonian
Albany Academy Where Joseph Henry Taught
JHPE Albany Academy Where Joseph Henry Taught
Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle"
JHPE SIB, SIA2011-1448
Dorothea Lynde Dix
Dorothea Lynde Dix
Henry Family on the Smithsonian Grounds
Henry Family on the Smithsonian Grounds

Take a look back in time to the life of the first Smithsonian Secretary, physicist Joseph Henry (1797-1878), his family and colleagues, and the world he lived in.

 

Today in Smithsonian History

Letter S. D. Ripley to Lyndon Johnson, June 22, 1965

June 23, 1965

President Lyndon Johnson approves the transfer of the Old Court of Claims Building (the original Corcoran Gallery of Art) by the General Services Administration to the Smithsonian Institution, for "a gallery of arts, crafts and design." The building will be used to house a new museum and art gallery, the Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  The building was designed by architect James Renwick, who also designed the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle."More