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Opportunity to Support A Historical Artifact

Handmade Children’s Map of the United States with National Historical Scenes, 1941

The MacArthur Memorial, in partnership with the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, is seeking funding to stabilize and preserve this priceless artifact for future generations.

You Can Help by Sending Donations* to:

The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation

1 MacArthur Square

Norfolk, VA USA 23510

The target amount is $6,500.
For further information, please contact Christopher L. Kolakowski, Director of the MacArthur Memorial:
* Mailing Donations:
  • Please make your check, money order or cashier’s check payable to The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation.
  • Indicate the nature of the payment: ‘Artifact Conservation.’
  • Mail your check to 1 MacArthur Square, Norfolk, VA USA 23510



The map was donated to the MacArthur Memorial in 2013 by the family of Helen Angeny, a missionary and an art teacher working in the Philippines when Japanese forces invaded in December 1941.

Helen and her husband Ed were interned with 500 other Allied civilians in Camp Holmes outside Baguio.This Cloth Map of the United States was an art project of Helen and her students. It was made secretly as at the time the Japanese banned any items with strong patriotic content concerning the U.S. Helen did it at great personal risk of severe punishment.

Helen had concealed the map for three years before they were liberated by General MacArthur’s forces in early 1945, and brought it to the U.S. together with other artifacts and papers.

Because of its condition and uniqueness, the Virginia Association of Museums just named Helen’s map as one of the Top Ten Endangered Artifacts in all of Virginia.


The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

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