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Large collection of Abraham Lincoln letters, “Across Five Aprils”, to go on display April 27th.

22 Apr

According to LompocRecord.com, last October, letters and memorabilia were found from Leonard Swett, an Illinois attorney and confidant of President Abraham Lincoln. Swett’s granddaughter, Laura Burnham, lived and died in Santa Maria. Her estate bequeathed the scrapbooks to the museum.

The letters, which were authenticated by multiple historians including some from the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill., are either from or to the likes of Lincoln, Swett, Secretary of State William H. Seward, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Gen. George Armstrong Custer, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, New York newspaper publisher Thurlow Weed, Supreme Court Justice David Davis and others.

Read more here: http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/local/lincoln-lives-at-sm-valley-historical-museum/article_477163a6-aa45-11e2-985e-0019bb2963f4.html?comment_form=true

 

Over 7,000 stolen historical documents uncovered. Letter written by Benjamin Franklin was lying on an ottoman.

18 Mar

National Archives Stolen Documents Recovered.Investigators took 7,000 documents during that initial search and had to go to an office supply store across the street and buy more boxes.

Read more here: http://azdailysun.com/news/national/national-archives-discusses-stolen-documents-case/article_485f54bc-f417-5862-a903-c8566c70975d.html

National Archives looks at ways to prevent theft of historical documents from US collections

8 Mar

When investigators seeking stolen historical documents entered the Manhattan apartment of a memorabilia collector in 2011, they had just a few boxes to collect evidence. Inside, they were stunned to find rooms crammed with thousands of pilfered documents, including some signed by Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton and Charles Dickens.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/07/national-archives-looks-at-ways-to-prevent-theft-historical-documents-from-us/#ixzz2MzOWdYw2

Thieves Steal $1 Million Worth of Historical Artifacts

8 Mar

Among the items recovered was a letter written by George Washington, rare books, antique war medals and a full suit of armour.

http://www.heavy.com/news/2013/03/stolen-historical-artifacts-recovered-halifax-canada/

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