April 21, 2017: America Online Co-Founder Steve Case was re-appointed as a Member of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Case was first appointed to the post in 2011. The Smithsonian comprises several museums and research facilities, and the agency is funded by the federal government. The Smithsonianis the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with nineteen museums and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from Englishman James Smithson (1765–1829), and according to his wishes “under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge” was to be founded.