It’s Heds and Feds in First Newseum Exhibit

By: Joe Strupp

The Newseum’s first major changing exhibition focuses on some of the biggest cases ? and evidence ? from the FBI, with historical items that range from the Unabomber’s cabin to the electric chair in which convicted Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann was executed.

“G-Men and Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI’s First Century” opened in late June. Museum officials state the exhibition explores the role of the media in “shaping the bureau’s image and the sometimes cooperative, sometimes combative, relationship between the press and the FBI.”

The exhibit will be on display through June 2009 and features some 200 artifacts drawn from the FBI evidence vaults, as well as the collections of other museums, reporters, law-enforcement professionals, private collectors, and the Newseum. The largest artifact is the 10-by-12-foot cabin where Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski lived ? and was arrested ? in rural Montana. Among the smallest is a hollow nickel that held a coded message and was linked to the arrest of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

The exhibit also includes nearly 300 photographs and dozens of historic newspaper front pages and magazines from the Newseum collection. More information can be found at

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