Intel Supports the Smithsonian's 150th Anniversary
Sesquicentennial Coincides with 25th Anniversary of Intel's Introduction of the Microprocessor -- the "Brain" of the Personal Computer
PORTLAND, Ore., March 28, 1997-- Celebrating a common commitment to innovation and learning, Intel Corporation is collaborating with the Smithsonian Institution to bring America's heritage of cultural, artistic, and technological achievement to the nation's doorstep. "America's Smithsonian" -- the world's largest traveling exhibition -- will bring more than 300 of the Institution's treasures to 12 cities over two years. Intel, a Corporate Partner in this celebration, also marked an important anniversary of its own in 1996 -- the 25th anniversary of its introduction of the microprocessor, "brain" of the personal computer.
"As we look ahead to the next 25 years of computing innovation and the exciting role Intel will play in enhancing the lives of millions of people, we want to encourage people to step back and look at the progress we've made in the last quarter century," said Dr. Andrew S. Grove, Intel's chief executive officer. "Partnering with the Smithsonian in this unique opportunity will allow people all over the country to share in the triumph of past ideas and to explore how computing technology will change their lives in the future."
Intel Technology Puts "America's Smithsonian" on the Road in Record Time
Intel is more than a sponsor of the Smithsonian's 150th anniversary. Intel's technology is also playing a key role in planning, designing, and mounting the world's largest traveling exhibition in record time. Intel provided the design team with computers based on Intel's powerful microprocessor products, including Pentium® and Pentium Pro processors, to coordinate and display the artifacts in 12 different locations. Smithsonian graphic designers used Pentium Pro processor-based systems to manipulate high-quality photographic images for the Smithsonian's official 150th anniversary tour poster. These computers allowed the designers to develop multiple layouts with ease and speed.
In addition, Intel is helping the Smithsonian broaden its exposure and accessibility to the public by assisting in the development of a World Wide Web site devoted to "America's Smithsonian." By lending its technology savvy and resources, including a Pentium Pro processor-based server to drive the Web site, Intel was able to help the Smithsonian develop a prototype for a state-of-the-art 3-D gallery, complete with various Smithsonian treasures ranging from Lawrence's "The Library" and Cassatt's "Caress," to Hopper's "People in the Sun." The Web site also features Smithsonian footage of such significant events as Lindbergh's arrival in Paris after completing the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight. These clips were digitized using Intel's Indeo® Video technology. Through this engaging Web site visitors can see how they will be able to visit museums of the future from their living rooms.
Smithsonian Visitors Explore the Potential of the PC Through Intel Exhibit
The microprocessor has changed our lives since its introduction in 1971. In order to take a closer look at the role of its crucial technology, Intel has developed a 3,000-square-foot exhibit on the personal computer (PC) that will travel with "America's Smithsonian." The Intel exhibit will whisk visitors away on an exciting interactive journey into the world of personal computing and the amazing things PCs do for people today and will do tomorrow. Visitors will engage in hands-on activities and experience for themselves how people of all ages and backgrounds around the world are using computers in new and exciting ways. Today, kids use computers to send pen pals electronic messages over the Internet; musicians use them to create, listen to, and manipulate music composition right on the computer keyboard; and photographers use them to change and improve lighting in photos and to zoom in on desired images.
"The computer has come a long way since its invention as a calculating device," said Dr. Grove. "Personal computers are becoming the tool we use to communicate -- using pictures and sound as well as words -- with our families, our colleagues, and people all around the world. This exhibit offers Intel a chance to share our excitement about this technology."
The Smithsonian Institution's 150th Anniversary Celebration
The Smithsonian Institution's 150th Anniversary celebration represents the most comprehensive and far-reaching event ever to take place in the history of the Institution. Many of these celebratory programs will be brought to the public through the support of Intel and other Corporate Partners without relying on any taxpayer dollars.
The centerpiece of the celebration is the "America's Smithsonian," an exhibition that includes some of the country's best-known treasures – George Washington's sword, Lewis and Clark's compass, an Apollo command module, the ruby slippers, dinosaurs, and famous works of art.
The 100,000-square-foot "America's Smithsonian" -- which is comparable in size to two professional football fields -- toured six American cities in 1996, spending four to six weeks in each host city. The exhibit made its grand opening on Feb. 9, 1996, in Los Angeles, and will open its doors in Portland, Ore., on April 3. Other cities will be announced shortly. "America's Smithsonian" and Intel's exhibit will be free to the public, and an estimated four million people will view the treasures during its tour.
TV Specials and Other Activities In Celebration of the Smithsonian's 150th
CBS Television Network produced two prime-time specials called "Smithsonian Fantastic Journey," which aired in January and May 1996. The network broadcast another special in August 1996 celebrating the Smithsonian's founding commitment to the "increase and diffusion of knowledge."
In addition, an anniversary celebration on the National Mall was held in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 10 and 11, 1996 -- 150 years after President James K. Polk signed the legislation that established the Institution. This celebration was also the focus of the August live television broadcast by CBS.
Throughout 1996, Smithsonian Minutes -- 60-second educational mini-programs -- were broadcast on CBS television to build public awareness of the Smithsonian and its anniversary.
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