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Smithson to Smithsonian: The Legacy of James Smithson
Over the course of 175 years, the Smithsonian has grown to encompass 21 museums and nearly a dozen research center—becoming a global organization working across history, culture, and science. How a stranger’s legacy became the world's largest museum and research complex is a story full of surprising twists and turns of fate. What do we know about the Smithsonian's mysterious founder, a man who left his fortune to the United States, a country he never visited?

To celebrate the launch of our 175th anniversary online exhibition Smithson to Smithsonian, we’ll explore the life and legacy of founder James Smithson with a panel of experts.


• Heather Ewing, Author of The Lost World of James Smithson: Science, Revolution, and the Birth of the Smithsonian and Associate Dean, New York Studio School
• Leslie Overstreet, Curator of Natural-History Rare Books, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
• Richard Stamm, Curator of Smithsonian Castle Collection, Smithsonian Institution
• Steven Turner, Author of The Science of James Smithson and Curator Emeritus, National Museum of American History

Jul 27, 2022 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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