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Lecture: Exploring the World of James Smithson, the Smithsonian's Enigmatic Founder

Lecture: Exploring the World of James Smithson, the Smithsonian's Enigmatic Founder

In 1836, the United States government received a startling and mysterious gift—a half-million-dollar bequest to establish an institution in Washington “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” The donor was an English scientist James Smithson, who had never set foot in the United States. The Smithsonian became the largest museum and research complex in the world, but the man behind it all remained an enigma. Lecture presented by Heather Ewing, author and Smithsonian Research Associate. Cost is $50 per person and includes reception with wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Pre-registration preferred.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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