June 27th, 2019

"A Tidbit of Information"

Love the word Tidbit"..

On June 27, 1829, Englishman James Smithson dies in Genoa, Italy. In his will, he said that if his heir, his only nephew, died childless, the estate would go to “the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” The gift raised eyebrows as Smithson had never been to the United States. Six years after his death, his nephew died childless, and in 1836, the U.S. Congress authorized receiving Smithson’s gift, which was valued at about $500,000 at the time. Today, the Smithsonian is comprised of 19 different museums, including the Air and Space Museum, The National Gallery, The National Museum of American History and many others.