Donation by "All in the Family" Cast, by Hofmeister, Richard K, 1978, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, The cast of the television sitcom "All in the Family" came to the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, to donate Archie and Edith Bunker's chairs to the "A Nation of Nations" exhibit in September of 1978. (L-R): Jean Stapleton, Secretary (1964-1984) S. Dillon Ripley, Norman Lear, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner as they peer into the case where the chairs are displayed..