Approximately 120 stolen historic artifacts valued at roughly $5 million were returned to the Polish Museum of America in Chicago earlier this week. The artifacts, which were believed to have been removed from the museum sometime in the 1970s or 1980s, were recovered by the FBI in 2011 from a Chicago residence.
The artifacts consist of many items of correspondence dating back as far as 1646, to include letters sent to and from Polish kings, American presidents, a French emperor, and prominent Revolutionary War figures. The collection also includes rare prints and sketches, Polish military medals and memorabilia, as well as World War II artifacts.
For more details on the investigation into the stolen artifacts, read the press release issued by our Chicago Field Office. And visit our art theft program page for information on other art crimes, the National Stolen Art File database, and our dedicated Art Crime Team, which—since its establishment in 2004—has been responsible for the recovery of more than 2,650 items valued at over $150 million.