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The Smithsonian Institution: American staple with overseas roots


The Smithsonian has been able to document every twist and turn of American society since its inception. It’s become such a staple of Washington, D.C. that one could assume that its origins are from there, when in fact they’re not. Learn more about how the world’s largest museum and research complex got its start with the help of some foreign assistance.