Dan Shea


Smithsonian, Bertil Bengtsson, Gustavus conference


As Bertil Bengtsson prepared for his two presentations at the JBS Conference at, Gustavus, he received a welcome invitation from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC: Thank, to information provided them by JBS member Bea Bobotek, they knew of his availability to speak on Jussi and his career: it would be an attractive program for their continuing lecture series. Bertil worked out some agreements between the Smithsonian and the Embassy of Sweden and accepted. By the time June 26 arrived, word had gone out in the monthly Smithsonian Associates magazine and a nearly sold-out audience of over 200 would appear for the "'evening seminar and light buffet reception" at the modern Ring Auditorium of cite Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The whole event was presented "in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden and the Jussi Bjoerling Society·USA," in view of some fine cost-sharing and planning expertise shared by the Embassy's Cultural Counselor Nancy Westman.

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