The Smithsonian Americas Treasure House The Smithsonian AMERICAS
TREASURE HOUSE by Webster Prentiss True ILLUSTRATED SHERIDAN HOUSE
- NEW YORK Foreword The subject of this book is an organization,
that belongs to the people of the United States of America. It was
bequeathed to them by a far-seeing Englishman in the hope of
benefiting all mankind. The outward, visible signs of Smithsons
gift are widely known, but few are aware of the strange story
behind it or its present extensive ramifications. Most Americans
plan to visit Washington some time during their lives and nearly
all those who do so include the Smith sonian in their sight-seeing.
They see the public exhibits in its various buildings and go home
thinking of it as a great museum of science and art. It is that but
it is also much more. For the Smithsonian Institution is primarily
a research organization set up to increase mans existing stock of
knowledge. This it does through bureaus devoted solely to research
and through behind the-scenes investigations in other bureaus which
are labeled museums and art galleries The authors hope in offering
this volume is threefold first, to provide for those who have seen
the Smithsonian a record in type and pictures of its wealth of
exhibits and to give some idea of its unseen researches and other
activities second, to furnish for those who plan definitely to
visit the Smithsonian a glimpse of what they may expect to see,
which may help them derive greater enjoyment and benefit from their
visit and 7 Foreword third, to create a visual image of a
world-renowned American institution for those Americans who for
various reasons do not expect to see it through their own eyes. The
list of thosewho have been of assistance in furnishing and checking
information is far too long to cite here. The author can only
express his sincere thanks to practically all Smithsonian officials
and scientists, without whose generous help the book would not have
been possible. W. P. T. The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.
C. Contents I. A Lonely Man and His Will 13 II. Our Planet Earth 29
III. The Myriad Forms of Life 53 IV. Man Himself 77 V. Mans
Achievements 99 VI. History Before Our Eyes 121 VII Grounded Pknes
143 VIII. The Star We Live By 161 IX. Red Men and White 179 X. To
the Ends of the Earth 203 XL Wild Animals at Close Range 221 XII. A
World Art Center 239 XIII. Spreading Knowledge 257 XIV. Highlights
and Sidelights ...... 279 Folios of Plates Plates I to 16. The
Smithsonian buildings . . . Portraits of James Smithson . . . The
new volcano, Paricutin . . . Californias first gold nuggets . .,
Mineralogical specimens and gems . . . Dinosaur and other fossil
skeletons . . . The earliest men on earth . ., The Smithsonian
skull collection . . . facing p, 32 Plates 17 to 32. The Herbert
Ward African collection . . . The Kensington Stone ., The Rosetta
Stone . . . Easter Island statues, . . The Greenwood collec tion of
early New England Colonial antiques, . . The original John Bull
locomotive . . . The May flower Model and other model vessels in
the water craft collection . . vO. riginal patent models of the
first cotton gin, typewriter, sewing machines, etc. ., . The early
telegraph and telephone instruments . . . The National Museums
Division of Textiles . Veteran automobiles . . . facing p. Plates
33 to 49. George Washingtons Army uniform and field mess kit . .
The originalStar-Spangled Banner, 10 Folios of Plates Thomas
Jeffersons portable desk on which he wrote the Declaration of
Independence . . . Lincolns life masks taken before and after the
Civil War . . . Dresses of Americas first ladies . . . The Wright
Brothers Kitty Hawk flight ., . The Langley Aero drome . . . Some
historic aeroplanes . . . The Na tional Air Museum collection . . .
Studying the Sun . . Historical American Indian pictures . . .
Smith sonian anthropological explorations . . The head hunting
Jivaro Indians . ., The ruins of Macchu picchu . . ...
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