New Dinosaur Hall Object Of $35M Smithsonian Donation | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New Dinosaur Hall Object Of $35M Smithsonian Donation

The proposed new dinosaur hall could be the new home of the Smithsonian's prehistoric favorites, including the Allosaurus, pictured.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/metalchris/1101135071/
The proposed new dinosaur hall could be the new home of the Smithsonian's prehistoric favorites, including the Allosaurus, pictured.

Energy businessman and political donor David H. Koch is donating a record $35 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History to build a new dinosaur hall on the National Mall.

The Smithsonian is announcing the gift Thursday from David Koch, the executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc. of Wichita, Kan, according to the Associated Press. It is the single largest gift in the museum's 102-year history. The Smithsonian Board of Regents voted Monday to name the new dinosaur hall in Koch's honor.

Koch, an engineer, is a billionaire who lives in New York City. He was the Libertarian Party's vice presidential candidate in 1980 and has been a major donor to conservative political causes.

Koch gave the Smithsonian $15 million in 2009 to build a new exhibit hall exploring human evolution over 6 million years.

WAMU 88.5

Key Civil War Generals The Subject Of New Smithsonian Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery focuses on Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.
NPR

Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

The California chicken producer has been dogged by food safety problems at its plants for months. But Foster Farms may also now be one of the country's cleanest, safest sources of chicken products.
NPR

Congress Has The Ability To Fix Immigration Crisis, Obama Says

His remarks in Dallas followed a meeting with faith leaders and local officials, including Gov. Rick Perry, to discuss the large number of unaccompanied minors at the border.
NPR

What Burritos And Sandwiches Can Teach Us About Innovation

Is a burrito a sandwich? The answer may sound simple to you ... but the question gets at the very heart of a tension that's existed for ages.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.