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August 31, 1887

The Smithsonian Institution participates in the Minneapolis Industrial Exposition. Assistant Secretary George Brown Goode appoints William V. Cox, Chief Clerk of the United States National Museum, to take charge of the Smithsonian exhibits.

Aug
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August 30, 1890

The United States Congress appropriates $25,000 to fireproof the west wing of the Smithsonian Institution Building. The building had been severely damaged by fire in 1865.

Aug
29

Losing Paradise?

“Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World”—Natural History Museum, through Dec. 12, 2010 Our planet’s rich diversity of plant life is at risk.  Ecosystems are changing rapidly and more than 20 percent of the world’s flora is threatened with extinction.  Scientists are racing to gather information on known plants and to document  the… Continue reading Losing Paradise?

Aug
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August 29, 1838

James Smithson’s legacy, in the form of 11 boxes of gold sovereigns as well as his personal effects, arrive with Richard Rush on the ship “Mediator” in the harbor of New York. The personal effects are deposited with the collector of the Port of New York on September 1. The gold is immediately deposited with… Continue reading August 29, 1838

Aug
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August 28, 1974

Distinguished visitors from Togo tour the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum with Director John R. Kinard and Zora Martin, head of the educational department at the museum. The Togolese officials were interested in the role of the Smithsonian in the cultural life of the United States and particularly in how the neighborhood museum presented arts and crafts… Continue reading August 28, 1974

Aug
27

Don’t worry, be crabby! SERC scientists come through in a pinch

Nothing says summer along the mid-Atlantic coast like blue crabs, whether it means a lazy day out catching crabs with the family or diving into fresh crab cakes at your favorite restaurant. But blue crabs also are an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and its economy. Come along for the ride as scientists at the Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center explain their long-term research to better understand blue crab migration their important role in the Bay. Continue reading Don’t worry, be crabby! SERC scientists come through in a pinch

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Aug
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August 27, 1984

A 168-carat emerald, a bequest of Anna Case Mackay to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection, is placed on permanent display in the National Museum of Natural History.

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August 26, 1977

“We Were But a Handful,” the story of the National Woman’s Party and the fight for women’s suffrage from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, opens at the National Portrait Gallery.

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