The C. Michael Gooden and Diane Oksanen-Gooden Endowment
Michael Gooden cherished his time at the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall while his children were growing up. On Sunday afternoons, they would enjoy relics at the Air and Space Museum,
treasures at the Natural History Museum, and impressive artifacts at American History. Once Michael was invited to become involved with the Smithsonian through the Libraries, he jumped at the chance. Michael has since become deeply involved with the Libraries for the past 10 years and is an emeritus Advisory Board member. He concluded his term on the Advisory Board as Vice-Chair.
Michael and his wife Diane established an unrestricted endowment in 2002 to provide a stable future for the Libraries. His passion for the Smithsonian Libraries extends beyond his service to the Advisory Board: with this unrestricted endowment, the Libraries will have the freedom to support programs and acquisitions of the highest need for our curatorial and research staff to keep developing new and exciting exhibitions for the American people for years to come.