Monday, February 9, 2015

Establishment of the Smithsonian Institute 1846

From the Charleston Mercury October 1846:

I wasn't aware that Congress established the Smithsonian--I guess I just figured it was a museum. This is a reprinting of the edict to found the museum from land given by one James Smithson.

Does that mean we should be pronouncing it the Smith-Sun-ee-un as opposed to the way most of us do it--Smith-sone-ee-un?

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