A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

August 10 in history:

On August 10th, 1792, King Louis the 16th of France was sent to prison, and a royal art collection at the Louvre Palace in Paris was confiscated by the government.  The Louvre reopened as a museum exactly one year later.

On this date in 1846, the U.S. government established the Smithsonian Institution as a museum and research organization.  The original half-million dollar sum used to establish the Institution came from the estate of British scientist James Smithson.

Herbert Hoover became the fourth U.S. president to have his own official museum and library, when the Hoover Library was dedicated on August 10th, 1962 at West Branch, Iowa.  That was Hoover’s 88th birthday.

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