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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

Coelacanth Fish, NMNH

August 20, 1957

On August 20, 1957, a coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae Smitha, or living fossil fish, is put on exhibit in the foyer of United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History. This male fish was caught off the Comoro Islands, near the Island of Madagascar. It was believed that the coelacanth was extinct until 1938 when the first live one was caught off South Africa. Before that time the fish was only known from ancient fossil remains.More