200 Years. 200 Stories. Story 160: “An Esteemed Visitor ”

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Supreme Justice Stephan Breyer and Dr. David Velinsky in an Environmental Research lab
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (left) with Dr. David Velinsky, Vice President of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research.

An Esteemed Visitor

On October 19, 2010, a very special guest was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Academy: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Accompanied by seven federal marshals, Justice Breyer was shown highlights from the Library and several laboratories and research areas. He even contributed a fingernail clipping to the Patrick Center for chemical analysis.

“It was a treat for me to see the Academy,” Justice Breyer said after his visit. “What a marvelous institution! From Jefferson’s bones to the blue butterflies, the tour was filled with interest. Thank you very much.”

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