1993 the Smithsonian Libraries created the S. Dillon Ripley Library
Endowment to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of the Institution's
the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian, Dillon Ripley inaugurated
an era of scientific research and museum exhibitions that would
bring the Institution closer to the American public.
energy and vision led to the acquisition and study of thousands
of new museum objects and specimens, and to the opening of new museums
and galleries, including the Anacostia Museum, Hirshhorn Museum
and Sculpture Garden, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum
of African Art, National Museum of American Art, National Portrait
Gallery, Renwick Gallery, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
Ripley also created new membership programs, the Folklife Festival,
and Smithsonian magazine.
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