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July 9, 2013                                                                       Like us on Facebook Find us on Pinterest  Find us on Yelp





We welcome July and hope everyone enjoyed their holiday with family or friends, or simply by relaxing and having a good time. We know many people also have to work on the holiday and thank them for their service. We wish everyone a great rest of the month!


With summer days here, we are happy to host our Summer Sale with special discounts for you to enjoy for a limited time at The Indian Craft Shop.


SUMMER SALE: JULY 16-26, 2013



Join us for our "Summer 20% and 30% Sale" from July 16- 26, which will also be programmed on our Online Store. Of course, if you can come in and visit, you will see our full selection of work and also be a part of the In-Store fun! Just about every category and craft area will be included in the Summer Sale and will be either 20% or 30% off. Some items are excluded from the Sale, such as consignments, bronzes and other selected items, but the majority of our selection will be included. Layaways can also be arranged! If you see something online and would like to start a layaway, please give us a call at 202-208-4056 in order to reserve the item and place your deposit.





The Indian Craft Shop will be part of a program covering American Indian culture and arts that will air primarily in South Asia. Produced on Voice of America's Urdu TV, the program is called "Zindagi 360' (Zindagi translates to mean 'life'). Producer Shonali Sen and cameraman Kevork Tashdjian visited the Shop and became fascinated with the variety of work we have, the long history of the arts here, and also with Terry O'Brien's stories, history, and her intricate beadwork. We thank Voice of America for the valuable work they do in bringing the arts and culture of the United States to listeners and viewers across the world.





As you know, we receive work from artists all the time here, just about every week. We work hard to post items on our Online Store so be sure to check our "New Additions" page to see the latest added works.




Everyone has been enjoying the Shop's outdoor sculpture garden, where the planters surrounding the garden and sculpture are now filling in. We are so excited about the selection of plants because they are not only indigenous to the region, but also have a history of various uses, including medicinal, by American Indians. The plants will be labeled and we hope to have a 'walking sheet' to provide more information for your visit. 




Our official 75th Anniversary is in September and we are planning Open House Artist Days to begin in September and run throughout the fall. Mark your calendars now for our Artist Days:


September 19 - 21

October 17 - 19

November 14 - 16

December - dates to be determined


We are still confirming artist visits for each month and are looking forward to celebrating with everyone!  We've also begun our "Countdown of 75 Reasons" on our Facebook page, which includes one posting at a time of the abbreviated "Reasons to Collect American Indian Art" submitted by our Shop patrons. We hope you enjoy the "Reasons" and encourage you to share your thoughts!




We're very excited to have the latest "must have" for anyone's library on American Indian arts and crafts, American Indian Baskets,Building and Caring for a Collection by William A. Turnbaugh & Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh; Schiffer Publishing, 2013.


Sarah and Bill have done it again, creating another valuable reference book on American Indian basketry. This book expands on their previous work and includes over 780 color photographs and information from decades of basketry research, guiding basket lovers to a better understanding of these woven treasures. Clear images and concise descriptions, presented in an extended gallery showcasing hundreds of baskets, delineate specific tribal styles within Native America's nine basketry regions: Southwest, Great Basin, California, Plateau, Northwest Coast, Arctic and Subarctic, Plains, Southeast and Northeast.






The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month.  We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday, July 20th, from 10:00am - 4:00pm.




Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind -- While the Interior Museum is temporarily closed there are still Museum Programs and Building and Mural Tours.  At least once a month the Interior Museum hosts a speaker or presentation held within the Main Interior building


Upcoming Programs for the Interior Museum:


Monumental Task: Repairing Earthquake Damage to the Washington Monument

TOMORROW! Wednesday, July 10, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., 

Rachel Carson Room, Lower level near cafeteria

The 2011 Virginia earthquake caused sizable cracks to the stonework of the Washington Monument. National Park Service Civil Engineer Ned Wallace will discuss the methods used for the post-earthquake damage assessments, computer modeling of the monument, and the types of repairs being completed on the 555-foot-tall Monument


Discover the art and architecture that made the Main Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The Interior Museum Murals Tour lasts an hour and visits photographic murals by Ansel Adams and many of the over fifty murals by artists including Maynard Dixon, Allan Houser, Gifford Beal, and John Steuart Curry. Appointments can be made by calling 202.208.4743.





The Department of the Interior Library offers public tours of the resources, architecture, and special features of the library. Included in the tours are descriptions of legal and legislative materials on Deck 4 of the library, including the Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Code, U.S. Statutes at Large, and case reporters. Also included will be a look at the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, dating back to 1789, and the library's rare book collection. This tour will be valuable for anyone intending to do research at the DOI Library.


To schedule a tour, please contact the DOI Library at 202-208-5815 or e-mail at The DOI Library is located at the C Street entrance in Room 1151 of the Main Interior Building and is open to the public from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). For more information on programs, visit

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In This Issue

Welcome July

Summer Sale

Voice of America Interview

New Items in the Shop

Sculpture Garden Plantings

75th Anniversary Planting

New Books


News from the Interior Museum

News from the Department of Interior LIbrary


Indian Craft Shop 
Retail Hours



Open on Saturday  

July 20, 2013  
10:00am to 4:00pm


The Indian Craft Shop is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and the third Saturday of the month from 10:00am until 4:00pm. The Shop is closed on federal holidays.


A photo ID is needed for entrance to the building. 

During weekdays, visitors may use either the C Street or E Street entrances (E Street is closer for

 Metro riders). 

Handicap Access ramps are available at both entrances.During Saturday hours, visitors must use the C Street Entrance.


Public Transportation

Farragut West (Blue and Orange Line) and Farragut North (Red Line) are the closest Metro stops. It is a six-block walk, or you can ride an 80 or S1 bus to 18th and C Streets. There is metered parking on the street and several parking lots within a few blocks.


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The Indian Craft Shop
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C.20240
(202) 208-4056

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