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 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.