August 22, 1958

The ground is broken for the Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. The first shovel full of earth is turned by Smithsonian Regent Sen. Clinton P. Anderson. The building is completed on January 23, 1964.

Posted: 22 August 2010
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