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The Office of Exhibits in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) was created in 1973 when a reorganization established independent exhibit offices in several Smithsonian museums. Prior to its establishment, natural history exhibitions were the responsibility of the Office of Exhibits, 1955-1969, and the Office of Exhibits Programs, 1969-1973.
Harry T. Hart was appointed Chief of the Office of Exhibits, NMNH, on March 18, 1973. Eugene F. Behlen replaced Hart on May 22, 1977, and he served as Chief until 1983. Carl A. Alexander was Acting Chief during 1983-1984. After 1984, administration of the Office of Exhibits became the responsibility of the Assistant Director for Exhibits, 1984-1992, and the Associate Director for Public Programs, 1992- . Chiefs of Exhibit Design and Development, Special Exhibits, and Exhibit Production were established to carry out the work of the Office of Exhibits at that time.
For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.
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