On the heels of welcoming new CEO and President Patrick Weeks, the U.S. Marshals Museum has increased its collection by more than 25% with a recent loan from the U.S. Marshals Service. The shipment includes over 121 objects and brings the total collection to over 492 items, a nearly 33% increase in the number of objects on loan from the USMS.
“This shipment continues our momentum as we keep adding to the collection for the Museum,” Weeks said. “Items like these make up the rich history of the Marshals Service and will be key components to telling the story to the guests of the museum. We look forward to sharing these, as well as our many other artifacts, with the public when the museum opens.”
In describing the shipment of artifacts, Neil DeSousa, assistant director, tactical operations for the U.S. Marshals Service, said the Service “effected a second shipment of approximately 150 loaned artifacts from our collections for exhibit use in the forthcoming museum.”
DeSousa continued: “This artifact shipment will provide more flexibility for the development of exhibit designs. Highlights include artifacts from various operations of the 1970s and 1980s and the badge that board member, astronaut and Honorary U.S. Marshal Jim Reilly brought into outer space.”
Also included in the consignment are items related to the standoff at Ruby Ridge, materials from the historic standoff at Wounded Knee, objects related to the Gordon Kahl Case, the handcuffs used when the Marshals Service transported former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the Oath of Office signed by Jacob Yoes, USM (Western Arkansas, 1889-1893), a document from James Prince, USM (District of Massachusetts, 1809), and the script from the film “U.S. Marshals.”