Smithsonian Celebrates 2013 Presidential Inauguration with Exhibitions and Programs

In celebration of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, the Smithsonian will feature exhibitions and public programs related to the presidency from Friday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 21.

The Smithsonian has participated in inaugurations since the 1800s—President Abraham Lincoln held his second inaugural ball in what is now the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in March 1865, and President James Garfield’s ball was held in 1881 in the U.S. National Museum (now the Arts and Industries Building, which is closed for renovations). In recent times, the Smithsonian has produced cultural programs and concerts for the Carter, Reagan and Clinton inaugurals.

This year, the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013 has contributed funds to support the Smithsonian’s free exhibitions, programs and additional security for the expected crowds.

Additional information can be found at www.smithsonian.com/inauguration

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