February 22, 2010

Antiques Roadshow highlights stolen artifacts

Antiques Roadshow highlights stolen artifacts

By Brian BullWisconsin historians, police, and the popular PBS show, “Antiques Roadshow” are teaming up to help find more than 300 Native American artifacts--more than a decade after they were stolen.

The newest “Antiques Roadshow” episode highlights native relics taken from the Wisconsin Historical Museum between 1995 and 1999. They include items ranging from a Blackfoot bandolier bag to a Potawatomi bear claw necklace that a former employee stole--then sold--to private dealers and museums.

Anne Koski, the Wisconsin Historical Museum’s former director, says the lifted artifacts could literally be anywhere in the world. After ex-curator David Wooley was convicted in 2001, he helped investigators recover 33 artifacts, but most remain missing.
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