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January 10, 2011

Artefact stolen by disgraced Wisconsin Historical Society museum curator returned

Posted at 2:05 pm in Similar cases

A Native American artefact stolen from Wisconsin Historical Society museum by disgraced curator David Wooley has now been returned by a New York museum.

Wisconsin State Journal

Stolen artifact returned to Historical Society
Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 6:20 am

A Native American artifact stolen in the 1990s by a disgraced Wisconsin Historical Society museum curator has wended its way back to the institution’s collection, nurturing a faint but persistent hope that other stolen artifacts might follow.

The path to the recovery of the beaded, northern Plains knife sheath began in January, but the return of the sheath from an unnamed museum in New York was not announced until last week in an understated notice in a monthly society publication.
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