The Smithsonian Institution has agreed to sell only American-made merchandise at the American History Museum's "Price of Freedom" gift shop by early July. This is great news for America craft artists like Merrie Buchsbaum, a polymer clay artist from West Virginia and for all other American craft artists who sell their work wholesale. Merrie and her patriotic canework are featured on a CBS News segment that aired June 8.
(D-WV) has sponsored legislation tying the sale of American-made souvenirs to future federal funding. Seventy percent of the museum's budget comes from the federal government.