Skip to main content

Today in Smithsonian History

Dedication of Henry Statue, by Unknown, 1883, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 10733 or MAH-10733.
Thursday, April 19, 1883

At a ceremony attended by many notables and approximately 10,000 onlookers, the bronze statue of first Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry is unveiled on the Smithsonian grounds. The date for the event is selected to coincide with the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, of which Henry had been president of at the time of his death. The United States Congress, the Diplomatic Corps, the Executive Departments, and the public were also invited to attend.