WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10: NATION'S KNICK-KNACKS
Profile America — Saturday, August 10th. The Smithsonian Institution was founded on this date in 1846. It is named for British scientist James Smithson, who willed his fortune to the U.S. to establish the institution, even though he had never visited America. Today, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, made up of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and nine research centers. It currently has some 137 million items in its collections. It is one of the main attractions for both American and foreign visitors, and last year over 30 million people toured the Smithsonian's many exhibit halls. Each year, more than 1.7 million visitors from overseas come to Washington, D.C. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the new America's Economy mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1261
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau