As reported on the From the Archives blog last week, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Rosenthal Archives has loaned a very special artifact from its collections to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.: the score of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony that Theodore Thomas—our founder and first music director—likely used for the Chicago Orchestra‘s inaugural concerts at the Auditorium Theatre on October 16 and 17, 1891.

As part of the Smithsonian’s long-term Philanthropy Initiative announced on #GivingTuesday, the new display—“Giving in America”—will be on exhibit at the National Museum of American History through November 2016.

Read full post: Celebrating philanthropy with a loan to the Smithsonian, part 2