Monday, July 13, 2009

Appalachian Trail at the Smithsonian

Earl Shaffer Exhibit

On Friday the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History opened an exhibit on Earl Shaffer and the Appalachian Trail. The exhibit features some of Earl's artifacts, like the boots he wore on his pioneering 1948 thru-hike of the A.T. and the journal he kept as well as the slides he took along the trail. The exhibit does a great job of capturing Earl's feat and his life. An added feature of the exhibit are several interactive maps of the trail. By touching a spot on the map one gets a diary entry and photo from that spot. The exhibit runs in the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery through October 11.