September 19, 1994

I. Michael Heyman becomes the tenth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. An environmental lawyer, Heyman had been Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley. He will serve as Secretary until 2000.


August 31, 1887

The Smithsonian Institution participates in the Minneapolis Industrial Exposition. Assistant Secretary George Brown Goode appoints William V. Cox, Chief Clerk of the United States National Museum, to take charge of the Smithsonian exhibits.


August 10, 1846

By a vote of 26 to 13, the U.S. Senate passes the act organizing the Smithsonian Institution, which is signed into law by President James K. Polk. Among its provisions, the Organic Act specifies: a Board of Regents, Chancellor, and Secretary; a “suitable” building with rooms for the “reception and arrangement” of objects of natural… Continue reading August 10, 1846