August 19, 1887. Spencer Fullerton. Baird, second Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, dies in Massachusetts at the age of 64. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: August 19, 1887
August 11, 1996. The Smithsonian celebrates its 150th birthday with a two-day extravaganza on the National Mall. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: August 11, 1996
August 10, 1846. The U.S. Senate passes the Organic Act, the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian remains pesticide- and hormone-free. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: August 10, 1846
The president of Cornell University will become the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian in 2015. Continue reading Regents name David Skorton as the 13th Smithsonian Secretary
Calling all Smithsonian women! Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts by adding your story to a new website. Continue reading 2012 is the Year of the Girl
April 29, 1846–Congress establishes the Smithsonian Institution. Continue reading April 29, 1846
It’s that time of year, and the Smithsonian Institution is leaving no corner undecorated for the holidays. Discover a little known link between the Smithsonian and the ubiquitous holiday decoration. Continue reading A Smithsonian holiday story: Joel Poinsett and the Poinsettia
I. Michael Heyman becomes the tenth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. An environmental lawyer, Heyman had been Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley. He will serve as Secretary until 2000.
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.
By a vote of 26 to 13, the U.S. Senate passes the act organizing the Smithsonian Institution, which is signed into law by President James K. Polk. Among its provisions, the Organic Act specifies: a Board of Regents, Chancellor, and Secretary; a “suitable” building with rooms for the “reception and arrangement” of objects of natural… Continue reading August 10, 1846