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Valuable objects missing from Dallas Historical Society


by Yolette Garcia 30 Nov 2007

The Dallas Historical Society just released information that some of its most significant holdings are missing. These include the personal effects of Gen. Santa Anna (right, top), The Beeman Family Bible (the Bible belonging to John Neely Bryan’s wife), a pair of collar insignias from Adm. Nimitz (right, bottom), and historical artifacts from arts organizations […]

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Spurs from Gen. Santa Anna; Stars from Gen. NimitzThe Dallas Historical Society just released information that some of its most significant holdings are missing. These include the personal effects of Gen. Santa Anna (right, top), The Beeman Family Bible (the Bible belonging to John Neely Bryan’s wife), a pair of collar insignias from Adm. Nimitz (right, bottom), and historical artifacts from arts organizations from the turn of the last century, among others.

The executive director of the DHS, Michael Duty, believes the objects may have been removed during a two-day period when a television production crew was using the Hall of State, where the artifacts are stored. The objects were in a storage box in a staff area and have not been found.

Bill Zeeble is working on a story for broadcast this afternoon on All Things Considered, and he’ll have more details. And for transparency’s sake, I sit on the DHS Board and I received the confirmed information moments ago. The DHS is offering a $10,000 reward for information on these historical items.

Needless to say, this is an enormous loss beyond the borders of our city and state.

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  • Clyde Howard

    Sadly – not a great surprise. Security at most archives is not that strict and people will take. In this case – waterboarding a few people from the TV crew might pay dividends, but we can’t really do that. As Sheriff Humpy” Parker of San Jacinto County found out a few years ago.

    This news makes the opportunity we had a couple of years ago (My sister and I were in the Hall of State to arrange the donation of the World War Two-era set of Navy Blues we’d found in Dad’s effects) to see and actually handle the Santa Anna spurs even more precious.

    Sure hope the reward leads to recovery.

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