If you love a good deal, you will want to check out the sale at the Arsenal Museum Gift Shop today. Besides shopping, you can also see some of the treasures inside the museum. In this week’s edition of Inside the Gates, here’s a look at some of the hidden gems.
“You can see Abraham Lincoln’s signature here,” says Jodie Wesemann with the Arsenal Museum.
Pieces like commissioning papers that promoted Thomas Rodman, now known as the Father of the Arsenal, to an Army Major.
Wesemann says, “I always wish if these pieces could talk, the amazing stories they could probably tell.”
They are stored behind the museum tightly packed in cabinets that help preserve the pieces from deteriorating.
“Like most museums, we have problems with space to store, so this is the best way we can mitigate that problem. Only about 3% to 5% of our collection is out on display,” Wesemann tells Local 4 News.
There is a little bit of everything from a tiny French camera to a Civil War coat.
THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING FROM A TINY FRENCH CAMERA TO A CIVIL WAR COAT.
Wesemann says, “This was worn by the soldier who was guarding Lincoln’s tomb during his internment in Springfield. I’m talking about items right here in the quad cities, right here in my collection, that very few people get a chance to see, they tell a significant story about our country’s history and very few people get a chance to handle it.”
Bill Johnson is also with the Arsenal Museum.
“There was a ruler in Iran known as the Shah and we were on good times with Iran at the time, and gifts to the commanding officers at the time period were these three rifles. You may never ever see something like this again in your lifetime.”