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Photographed April 11, 2013, in the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C., and featuring objects from many of its museums. Left to right: G. Wayne Clough, president emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology, and secretary, Smithsonian Institution; France A. Córdova, chair, Smithsonian Institution, and president emerita, Purdue University; Shirley Ann Jackson, president, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; John W. McCarter Jr., president emeritus and former president and CEO, Field Museum of Natural History; Patricia Q. Stonesifer, president and CEO, Martha's Table, and former president, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jack Reed, U.S. senator from Rhode Island; David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO, Carlyle Group; Joseph R. Biden Jr., Vice President of the U.S.; Barbara Barrett, CEO, Triple Creek Guest Ranch, and former U.S. ambassador to Finland; Roger W. Sant, co-founder and chairman emeritus, AES; Tom Cole, U.S. congressman from Oklahoma; Steve M. Case, chairman and CEO, Revolution, and co-founder, AOL; John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the U.S.; Thad Cochran, U.S. senator from Mississippi; Robert Kogod, president, Charles E. Smith Management; Xavier Becerra, U.S. congressman from California; Patrick Leahy, U.S. senator from Vermont

The 10 Smithsonian buildings surrounding the National Mall, as well as their sister museums in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Virginia, saw 30 million visitors in 2012. The iconic 167-year-old institution, which holds everything from Dorothy's Ruby Slippers to Prince's guitar to Louis Armstrong's trumpet (all pictured), broke ground on the National Museum for African American History and Culture, acquired the space shuttle Discovery, and raised a record $223 million this past year. The board of regents -- made up of an appointed official, seven elected officials, and nine citizens -- is now gearing up for a national fundraising campaign in 2014.

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