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From the National Archives:

The Map Thief
Maps have long fascinated viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But for collectors, the map trade can be a cutthroat business. In his book The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, author Michael Blanding describes the life of E. Forbes Smiley, a respectable antiquarian map dealer who spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. A book signing follows the program.
Thursday, October 23, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater. 
Watch live on YouTube.

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From the National Archives:

The Map Thief

Maps have long fascinated viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But for collectors, the map trade can be a cutthroat business. In his book The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, author Michael Blanding describes the life of E. Forbes Smiley, a respectable antiquarian map dealer who spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. A book signing follows the program.

Thursday, October 23, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater. 

Watch live on YouTube.

Image description: The White House goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about how early detection can save lives.
Photo from the White House.

Image description: The White House goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about how early detection can save lives.

Photo from the White House.

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From the American Art Museum:

Look again at this coat, but don’t try to wear it: it was sculpted from wood by California artist Rene Megroz.
Rene Megroz, Trench Coat, 1997, sugar pine, brass, ink, overall: 49 3/4 x 15 x 6 in. (126.4 x 38.1 x 15.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist.

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From the American Art Museum:

Look again at this coat, but don’t try to wear it: it was sculpted from wood by California artist Rene Megroz.

Rene Megroz, Trench Coat, 1997, sugar pine, brass, ink, overall: 49 3/4 x 15 x 6 in. (126.4 x 38.1 x 15.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist.

Sending Care Packages to Our Troops Overseas

Being away from home or loved ones is a sacrifice for thousands of men and women working overseas in the United States military. That’s why our care packages to the troops help them feel our support while they are in duty:

Send a care package to a loved one in the military using the United States Postal Service (USPS)

  1. Check out the guidelines for international shipping and make sure the items you’re sending are permitted in the destination country.
  2. Follow the instructions to send packages to military and diplomatic personnel. Include the recipient’s full name, unit number and military mail address with the Army or Air Force Post Office (APO), Fleet for Navy and Marines Post Office (FPO), or Diplomatic Post Office (DPO).
  3. Use the internet to fill out a Customs Form to attach to the package.

Note: USPS doesn’t accept packages that are over 70 pounds. You can also check the country’s package weight limits.

For additional information about sending mail contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777.

Show your support through United Service Organizations (USO)

The USO is a nonprofit organization through which you can buy care packages of items (comfort foods, books, movies, etc.) or services such as phone calls home for troops overseas. You can also make tax-deductible donations to send the troops holiday gifts or to honor a loved military member.

Note: These packages and services are sent to troops in general rather than to individual service members.

If you have additional questions about the USO, contact the organization at 1-888-484-3876.

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Image description: Our very own #AskMarietta talks about keeping teens safe online and being a smart consumer. Check out her interview and tweet her your own questions using the hashtag #AskMarietta. 

Image description: Our very own #AskMarietta talks about keeping teens safe online and being a smart consumer. Check out her interview and tweet her your own questions using the hashtag #AskMarietta.