9. Ulysses S. Grant Laid The Museum of Natural History’s Cornerstone

After the museum moved to Manhattan Square, it was President Ulysses S. Grant who laid the first cornerstone at its permanent location 1874, three years before it opened. As documented in a New York Times article from the May 30, 1874 issue, a number of distinguished guests watched this happen and there was even a prayer and live music.

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