Graphical timeline from Smithson to Smithsonian
From Smithson to Smithsonian - The Birth of an InstitutionThe Smithsonian Building

Who Was James Smithson?
Sccepting Smithson's Gift
All-American Compromise
The Smithsonian Building
An Institution Emerges
A National Collection
Smithson's Legacy

The Smithsonian and the Public Imagination

The "Smithsonian Polka," composed by W. Bergman, a Washington music teacher, was just one of many expressions of interest once the Smithsonian Building was completed in 1855.

Sheet music for Smithsonian Polka - Cover
Sheet music for
"Smithsonian Polka" - Cover

Sheet music for Smithsonian Polka
Sheet music for "Smithsonian Polka"


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