The MacArthur Memorial houses what historians are now calling one of Virginia’s top ten endangered artifacts. A map of the United States, created by children during World War II, has been identified as in need of conservation.
The map was donated to the MacArthur Memorial by the family of Helen Angeny, a missionary working in the Philippines when Japanese forces invaded in December 1941.
Once the Japanese occupied the Philippines, they banned all material of western influence especially items with strong patriotic content concerning the United States. The map was secretly made by Helen and her students as a class project, teaching principles of art, social studies, and geography.
The MacArthur Memorial is seeking funding to stabilize and to preserve this priceless artifact for the education of future generations.