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The Vibe — August 10, 2022

Guy never visits the U.S. and funds its biggest museum

Today, but Not Today

Originally a military installation, The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. You can see some of the strangest things ever created along with some of the most beautiful art ever produced.

After centuries of growth and expansion, the Louvre now covers 652,300 square feet. Its collection tips the scales at 480,000 pieces, and since 2017, there’s been a second Louvre in Abu Dhabi.

The other Louvre

James Smithson was an English scientist who never visited the United States. However, when he died in 1829, he left his money (roughly $500,000) to the United States government. The money first spent a few years with his nephew, but when the nephew didn’t produce any children either, then the funds went to the government.

The original mission was to build “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Today, you can see things like Prince’s guitar, the Hope Diamond, and even the kitchen of our very own Julia Childs spread throughout the 21 museums that make up today’s Smithsonian Institution.

Congress passed An Act to Establish the Smithsonian Institution on August 10, 1846, and The Louvre opened its doors 53 years earlier on August 10, 1793.

She was a true American treasure

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Song for Today

Turn the radio up

Happy Birthday

Don’t Forget Today Is

National S’mores Day

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Bud Copeland

Bud Copeland

I know what I know, and I know what I don’t. I think.