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May 12, 1987

Smithsonian Under Secretary Dean Anderson signs a formal agreement with the Department of Agriculture’s National Finance Center making the Center the Institution’s payroll/personnel processing center. At the time, the NFC processed payrolls for more than 20 federal government agencies, including the Census Bureau, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric… Continue reading May 12, 1987

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Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial

Cooper-Hewitt—May 14, 2010 – Jan. 9, 2011 The Triennial program seeks out and presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture. In this fourth exhibition in the series, the National Design Triennial explores the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of the design practice.   One Laptop… Continue reading Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial

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May 11, 1984

Honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of James McNeill Whistler, the Freer Gallery of Art opens an exhibition some 300 works by Whistler, including oils, watercolors, pastels and drawings, as well as his only surviving architectural scheme, the Peacock Room. Freer attendance during the exhibition increased 50 percent over the previous year.

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May 10, 1876

The Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia officially opens to the public and has 186,672 visitors the first day alone. When Congress originally appropriated money for the government exhibits at the Centennial Exhibition, it considered the appropriateion a loan, and suggested if income from the exhibition was sufficient to repay the loan, some of those funds might be then… Continue reading May 10, 1876

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