Jan 20, 2009

Inauguration - a set on Flickr

Presidential inaugurals have a cherished history at the Smithsonian. On March 6, 1865, Lincoln's second inaugural ball was held at the U.S. Patent Office, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball) The inaugural ball of President Garfield, March 4, 1881, was also the first public event held in the newly built U. S. National Museum, now known as the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building (pictured in this set). The Smithsonian’s involvement with inaugural events is a tradition that continues today, with its museums serving as the sites for numerous balls, celebrations, and exhibitions. Continued