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William J. Clinton Center debuts new temporary exhibit
William J. Clinton Center debuts new temporary exhibit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (WJCPC) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center debuts its newest temporary exhibit, “Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.  This exhibit, from the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., provides guests with an historic perspective on acts of terror that have taken place on American soil.  Open through April 27, 2014, this exhibition reminds us that Americans have known and dealt with acts of terror since the founding days of the republic and will continue to face these challenges in the years ahead.

“Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs” explores nine major events and periods in U.S. history when Americans were threatened by domestic enemies. With each major event, guests can track the incident as it happened, witness the government and public response, and examine the complexities of securing the nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.  

“Most Americans remember exactly where and when they learned about terrorist attacks in America on September 11, 2001—and regard these events as a turning point that forever changed their sense of security in the United States,” said International Spy Museum Chairman of the Board and Founder, Milton Maltz. “The fact is, however, that Americans have endured thousands of incidents of terror, violence, or subversion right here at home by domestic terrorists and foreign agents, militant radicals and saboteurs, traitors and spies.”

This exhibit is designed to be viewed by families and students, although the content is most appropriate for children ages 11 and older. 

Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to partner with the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the history and  role of espionage.”

The exhibit grand opening on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, will feature Peter Earnest, founding executive director of the International Spy Museum and a 35-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Reserve seats by emailing operationslr@clintonfoundation.org or by calling 501-748-0425.

For each temporary exhibit, the educational staff at the Clinton Center creates a customized curriculum that meets grade-specific educational standards. The educational tours and programming for “Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs” include the following:

•Decoding the Message (Sixth - Eighth Grades)

All is not what it seems in the world of espionage. Spies sometimes have to conceal or hide messages within other messages. The use of codes and ciphers allows secret messages to be transmitted safely. The classroom activity of making a cipher provides students with a fun-filled and challenging game of communication.

•Media and Terrorism in Modern History (Ninth - Twelfth Grades)

During a crisis, the pressure on officials to provide answers – and for the press to report them – is intense. It’s usually not until days, months, or sometimes years after an incident that we have a clear understanding of the events that actually transpired. The pressure to “get the word out” often leads to misinformation that can generate misperceptions and increase public fears. Students will evaluate the media coverage of a domestic act of terrorism and discuss its effects on public perception.

About the William J. Clinton Presidential Center

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to its grounds each year.  Opened in 2004, the Center is home to the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Learn more at  www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org, on Facebook.com/ClintonCenter, and on Twitter @ClintonCenter.

About the International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum, the only public institution in the world dedicated to presenting the world history of espionage, features the largest permanent collection of international spy-related artifacts on public display.  Through interactive exhibits with state-of-the-art audiovisual effects, film, and hands-on components, the Museum traces the evolution of espionage through the people who practiced the profession, and it provides a context for guests to better interpret the role intelligence plays in current events.  

The International Spy Museum is located at 800 F Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C.’s historic Penn Quarter, within four blocks of the National Mall, directly across the street from the National Portrait Gallery, steps away from the MCI Center, and within one block of FBI headquarters, Ford’s Theatre, and the 7th Street Arts Walk.  The Museum is conveniently located near the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station serviced by the red, yellow, and green lines. 

(Source: William J. Clinton Presidential Center)