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We are excited to announce the opening of the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit "Earl Shaffer and the Appalachian Trail" on July 10, 2009, located at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will include Earl's photographs taken along the trail, diaries from the 1948 hike and later ones, letters from hikers asking for advice and papers relating to his activism in numerous environmental and hiking groups. The exhibition will also cover the conception and development of the Appalachian Trail and its larger cultural and environmental impact.

See the Smithsonian's official announcement of the exhibition, included below:

Visit the official website for the Earl Shaffer Exhibit here:

Admission to the museum is free. Museum hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm daily.

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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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