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An extensive collection of Earl Shaffer's photographs and papers are permanently available for viewing by visitors to the National Museum of American History's Archives in Washington, D.C. An appointment must be scheduled in advance. (Call 202-633-3270 for an appointment.)

Here is an index of what is available:

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For a limited time, all 4 for only $60

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Earl's historic 1948 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and just in time for Christmas gift giving, the Earl Shaffer Foundation is offering a set of Earl's four most recent publications. The set consists of:

•  Calling Me Back to the Hills, Earl's large format book which describes his 1998 50th anniversary thru-hike, beautifully illustrated with photos by Bart Smith. •  Walking With Spring DVD, Earl's slideshow of his 1948 thru-hike, narrated by Earl himself. •  Ode to the Appalachian Trail, Earl's journal of his 1998 thru-hike, written in free verse poetry. •  Before I Walked With Spring, Earl's latest book, containing his epic poem "The Doughboy Odyssey," which delightfully describes his WWII military service in the Pacific prior to hiking the A.T., along with 44 additional poems.

Bundle offer expires 12/31/08. Supplies are limited, so please order now for delivery before Christmas. (Want to make substitutions in the bundle? Try us with a proposal by return email.) To place your order, use the "Add to Cart" button below, or mail a check or money order for $60.00 plus $7.95 shipping to Earl Shaffer Foundation, 1635 Haft Drive, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

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Order now and receive FREE either the "Songs of the Blue Ridge Runner CD" or Earl's "Always in April CD" or Earl's "Trail of the Tropic Moon CD (each a $9.99 value)

In 1948, young WWII veteran Earl Shaffer did what many people said couldn't be done: He trekked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in one continuous journey ... walking into the history books as the Trail's first thru-hiker. In 1998, on the 50th anniversary of that hike, 79-year-old Earl did it again. In this beautifully-presented book, Earl recalls his 1998 anniversary trip and pays homage to the Appalachian Trail through his prose and poetry, enhanced by dozens of Bart Smith's stunning photographs.

Join Earl and Bart on their amazing journeys along the Appalachian Trail. Text for this book is derived from the original "Ode To The Appalachian Trail" written by Earl in 1998 describing the events of his anniversary hike, and includes original and unpublished poetry written by Earl over a period of years. The photographs, with the exception of those in the Introduction and a few others taken by friends and Earl in 1948, are the work of Bart Smith, himself a long-distance hiker and professional photographer from Tacoma, Washington, whom Earl met on the trail in 1998. 128 pages, Hardcover.

(After ordering, please also E-MAIL US at earl.shaffer.fnd(AT) indicating which of the 3 CDs you prefer to receive as your bonus.)

You may purchase this book from the Foundation for $39.95 (including your choice of the FREE music CD) plus shipping and handling.

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