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[[underlined]] Achievements [[/underlined]]

Achievements during the past year include:  advancement in architectural planning and receipt of support and contributions (in particular the major pledges of funds and collections from Dr. Arthur M. Sackler) for the Quadrangle project; steady progress toward completing in 1983 the initial physical inventory of the National Collections; continuing the construction of the Museum Support Center building in Suitland, Maryland, on schedule and within budget; the sustained popularity of the Magazine and the continuing growth of the contributing membership programs.  Major exhibition openings included the Dinosaur Hall, the celebration of the births of George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the work of the Dutch art movement, Destijl, the exhibition on Celebrations at the Renwick, and the Bering Sea Eskimo exhibit in the Evans Gallery.  In the area of collections acquisitions, progress is being made in arranging for the purchase FY 1982 by the National Portrait Gallery of Gilbert Stuart's "Edgehill" portrait of Thomas Jefferson (in accordance with the Regents' resolution), and the purchase of two early and important Benin bronzes by the Museum of African Art.  Research conducted by a scientist at the Tropical Research Institute led to the accurate prediction of the northward migration of the Africanized honey bees into Panama.  Studies of their effect on agriculture are continuing.  In FY 1982, the Zoological Park received for the second consecutive year the highest award of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums for captive propagation.
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