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The creation and development of the East Garden have been singularly in keeping with the Committee's objective of supporting Smithsonian research and education programs. While the educational value of the garden, with its wide variety of carefully identified annuals, perennials and herbs is important, the garden itself has become an attractive buffer between the two buildings and a pleasing oasis on the busy Mall.

It seems an especially appropriate gesture to dedicate the East Garden to Mary Ripley as this would combine recognition of her role as founder of the Women's Committee and of the Committee's continuing substantial support of the Smithsonian as well.

[[underlined]] Status Reports [[/underlined]]

The Secretary introduced the following status reports. 

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[[underlined]] Major Development Initiatives [[/underlined]]

Meetings with Eastman Kodak executives in Rochester and Washington have confirmed and stimulated Kodak's interest in the possibility of corporate sponsorship of the Latin American television series "The Buried Mirror." Kodak's funding up to the level of $4 million for programming, plus large additional sums for advertising and promotion, is under active consideration. Meanwhile, the grant of $1.5 million promised by Luis Yanez, Chairman of the Spanish Quincentenary Commission, has been confirmed, and Mr. Yanez will visit the Smithsonian in September for further discussion. In addition there are glimmerings of interest in the series at both Coca-Cola and Hallmark.

Fund raising for the "Information Revolution" exhibition has secured a total of $2,626,000 in pledges and donations from IBM, Unisys, Northern Telecom, Xerox, AT&T, Texas Instruments, and EDS (the latter contribution not yet announced). Contributions representing a total of more than $2 million are being actively pursued with Apple, DEC, Dun & Bradstreet, Mead Data, NCR, Reuters, Software AG, and Wang, and the outlook is generally favorable. Arrangements are being made through the Smithsonian's representative in Japan, Hanako Matano, for a Spring 1988 visit to Japan for a seminar and fund raising activities; the exhibition has been introduced to a number of influential Japanese contacts who have already been encouraging.

In July the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation approved a grant of $542,363 to the Smithsonian for the research, production, and educational programming of the major SITES exhibition "Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure." This is the largest grant ever received by the Institution from the MacArthur Foundation and represents the first grant ever awarded by the Foundation for an exhibition. An additional $300,000 will be available to participating institutions on the national tour to aid in the development of local educational programming and media outreach activities to amplify the exhibition's message about this urgent environmental issue. Other funding for this project 
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