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The Smithsonian

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Caitlin DeLaurentis

on 12 May 2010

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Transcript of The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian History International Exchange Bureau Unique Institution James Smithson Washington DC Partnership Government Private Enterprise Washington DC International Exchange Intellectualism American Identity Education Science Joseph Henry James Smithson All American Compromise Spencer Baird Cabinet of Curiosities National Museum Practical Diffusion of Knowledge Joseph Henry "To the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the
name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the
increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." All American Compromise National Library Astronomical Observatory Scientific Institute Popular Lectures Publication of Useful Books National Museum National University Research "Under Henry the Smithsonian became the
rally center of American science. He made it
the spur of research and the printing press for
the diffusion of results" (Abbot 218). "The Smithsonian under Henry, was as Washington institution physically, but an international institution intellectually, designed for the benefit of mankind, not alone of the citizens of Washington. Its museum educated and amused the local citizens and visitors, but was primarily a tool of research for local and visiting scholars. Its research efforts, though they had practical effects - particularly during the Civil War - were not primarily designed for practical purposes. The Smithsonian sought to advance knowledge, not profit or practical goals" (Washburn 121). "The successful creation of this institution not only
put Washington on the intellectual map of the country,but made it an intellectual, as well as political, capital" (Washburn 100). Morality Intellectualism Reputation "It has created the International Exchange Bureau, which perhaps more than any other one thing has mobilized the scientists of the world into a single army" (Abbot 219). Link between American and World Science America's Reputation Abroad National Museum Spencer Fullerton Baird Patent Office Building Centennial Exposition 1876 Cabinet of Curiosities The United States National Museum Research
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