GM's relationship with the Smithsonian dates to 1954 when the company donated the first mechanical heart pump to the Smithsonian's Museum of American History Division of Science, Medicine and Society. A team of GM scientists and engineers developed the mechanical heart pump that made possible the world's first open heart surgery. Since then, the company has contributed other notable items to the institution, including "Alice," the world's first computer-controlled electric robot.
About the GM FoundationSince its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
About the MuseumThe National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as a Smithsonian museum by an Act of Congress in 2003. It will be the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to showcasing African American life, art, history and culture and the national place for visitors to fully appreciate the broader American story. For more information about the exhibition and the museum, visit the museum's website nmaahc.si.edu.
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