Juniata County museum receives items lost for decades

JUNIATA COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Several museums in Pennsylvania have received property that was stolen decades ago.

In Juniata County, Tuscarora Academy showed us the pieces returned by the FBI. They include a Civil War Fife and World War II Pistol and a Revolutionary War Pistol.

The museum’s curator said it would have been nearly impossible to go through so many old documents to identify the stolen items, but then COVID arrived.

“The pandemic gave us the opportunity and the time needed to go through 90 years of paperwork and match objects with a paper trail,” Tuscarora Academy Museum Curator Jessica Guyer said.

Through her research, Guyer learned that the owner of the Revolutionary War gun, Captain Samuel Colbertson, is a member of her family tree.

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