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[[underlined]] Radio Smithsonian [[/underlined]], the half-hour weekly program, is entering its second decade.  In future years, it will be listened to over the National Public Radio Satellite System.  Satellite utilization will greatly increase the program's audience. The audiences of the [[underlined]] Smithsonian Galaxy [[/underlined]], the Institution's series of 2-1/2-minute radio features, have increased over the past year and are now reaching more than 13,000,000 listeners in 40 states and Canada, as well as in Germany through the Canadian Forces network.

Two specialized films have been completed this year that serve particular audiences as well as the general public.  [[underlined]] A Sense of Discovery [[/underlined]] profiles the many programs of the Collection of Fine Arts, the Institution's center for the study and encouragement of American art.  Based on ten years of research at the Tropical Research Institute in Panama, [[underlined]] Dragon of the Trees:  The Green Iguana [[/underlined]] is a valuable teaching tool on animal behavior.  Both films are to be aired soon on public television stations nationwide.

Future plans call for a film on man's collecting instinct.  Focusing on many of the nation treasures, as well as obscure artifacts, it will trace why man collects, what we learn from these collections, and the practical research that collections inspire.  This film will serve as a companion to the previously produced film, [[underlined]] The Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley [[/underlined]], the 1977 multiple-award winner which has been telecast by more than 70 Public Broadcasting System stations throughout the country.

[[underlined]] Visitor Information and Associates Reception Center [[/underlined]].  The Center, one of the least known but most effective and important organizations in the Institution, provides centralized information services for Smithsonian staff, Associate members and the general public.  With a staff of 21 full- and part-time employees and the support of about 400 volunteers, the Center operates a network of 13 information desks throughout the Institution.  During the year, telephone volunteers responded to an estimated 300,000 phone calls for various types of information, over 70,000 mail inquiries were researched and responses prepared, and several million visitors were furnished information on a multitude of subjects.  The Center also coordinates the placement of an additional 500 volunteers who provide behind-the-scenes project assistance to the scientific and curatorial staffs.  It is conservatively estimated that the Center, through its fine volunteer efforts, provides the public and the Institution with an annual savings of about $2,000,000.  The Institution expects a growing workload for this organization and the services it provides.  In future years, added trust and federal support is planned to accommodate the needs of the Associates and general public.

[[underlined] Anacostia Neighborhood Museum [[/underlined]].  Only modest resource growth is projected for the Museum.  From its inception, the Museum was conceived as a community-based center which would be a cultural resource for the people, young and old, of the neighborhood, as well as an example and a source of materials for similar institutions elsewhere.  After two years of study by various museum and academic professionals, a report has been assembled on the Museum's future development and the recommendation has been returned that the Museum should continue essentially as it is, focusing upon the history and culture of Anacostia or other local communities, and serving as a center for involving all segments of the neighborhood population in the Museum's activities.
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