Many of you are in the midst of your holiday shopping...spending hours searching the internet for the perfect gift or braving the crowds at your local mall or favorite local boutique. As you are making your purchases this season, I hope that you will consider shopping at a museum store. I visit museum stores across the country and can assure you that the buyers place great care in the selection of the items in their store. These shops are FULL of interesting and unique items that will add interest and quality to your gift giving. In addition to procuring some terrific merchandise, your purchase directly supports a museum's operations, educational and cultural programming. In our turbulent world, it is vital to support the institutions that preserve the history, arts, science and culture of our society. Happy shopping!