October Artifact Detective: Wild Bill Hickok Items

Please help us uncover some of the stories behind our objects. Leave a comment with anything you may know about the featured item. We welcome all information, and we’d appreciate sources and citations when possible. Thanks! Collection of the NLEM, 2006.493.12c and a What we know:The badge pictures Wild Bill Hickok (Guy Madison) and Jingles …

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Perspectives from the Donor of the William Benson Collection

This post was written by a friend of the Museum, Officer Eric Stolzman, (Retired #490), Yale Department of Police Services.  Officer Stolzman served in New Haven, Conn. and donated his collection to the Museum in 2006. Collecting has always been a passion of mine, instilled in me by my father when I was only nine …

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September Artifact Detective: “We Chirp for the Cleveland Press” Button

By Jeni Ashton, Associate Curator The National Law Enforcement Museum has collected more than 8,000 artifacts to-date, so we can’t always devote as much time to researching individual objects as we would like. Please help us uncover some of the stories behind our objects. Leave a comment with anything you may know about the featured …

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An Educator’s First Visit to the NLEM’s Collections Facility

By Dean MacLeod, Community Education Specialist Have you ever been invited into the inner sanctum of a special place where you once might have suspected you’d have no business going? In early June, I made my first visit to the NLEM collections facility, just 30 minutes from our offices in downtown DC. There, I saw …

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Thoughts on the Memorial Collection

By Vanya Scott, Registrar/Collections Manager The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a powerful public commemoration of the fallen from those who make up the Thin Blue Line that protects American civil society. The message of the Memorial, acknowledging the honor and sacrifice of fallen law enforcement officers, resonates most powerfully in the individual stories …

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July Artifact Detective: .32 Colt Revolver from the Late 1800s

By Jeni Ashton, Associate Curator Help us learn more about our collection! With the sheer volume of artifacts that have been acquired by the National Law Enforcement Museum – more than 7,500 to date – we can’t always devote as much time to researching individual objects as we would like. So we are calling on …

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Public Enemies: An Academic Look Behind Hollywood’s Next Blockbuster

Collection of the NLEM 2006.220.3 By Jeni Ashton, Associate Curator, National Law Enforcement Museum With the recent release of “Public Enemies,” I began to think about the legend of John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp) and wondered how the movies would treat his story. Often ‘historical’ mainstream movies gloss over some of the little details …

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Welcome to our blog!

We, the lovely staff of the National Law Enforcement Museum, are kicking off our first Museum blog ever, and we’re pretty excited about it! Stay tuned for interesting articles about artifacts we’ve acquired, research we’re conducting for future exhibits, and educational programs we’re putting together for school children. Visit us again soon!