Today in Smithsonian History: February 1, 1964
S. Dillon Ripley, eighth Smithsonian Secretary (1964-1984), standing in the Secretary’s Parlor in the Smithsonian Institution Building, 1978. (Photo by Charles Phillips)
February 1, 1964 S. Dillon Ripley (Secretary from 1964-1984) takes office as the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian. Before becoming Secretary, Ripley was a professor of biology at Yale University and director of its Peabody Museum of Natural History. He was trained as a biologist with a particular interest in ornithology.
Secretary S. Dillon Ripley (1964-1984) and unidentified children with “Uncle Beazley,” the Triceratops model used in the NBC TV film “The Enormous Egg,” at the opening of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum on September 15, 1967. Uncle Beazley was placed in the parking lot adjoining the Carver Theater, the site of the first Anacostia Museum. Uncle Beazley was later moved to the Mall in front of the National Museum of Natural History and then to the National Zoological Park. (Photo via Smithsonian Institution Archives.)
Posted: 1 February 2017