Recent news from the Wistar Institute

Nina Long was a judge for the Junior Division – history papers for the PA History Day Competition held in Mechanicsburg, PA on  May 3.  Winners from the competition will proceed to the national competition to be held in Washington, D.C. in June.

The Wistar Archives has just completed a 3-year project to return an artifact to their museum collection under the Federal Museum Theft Act.   Wistar Archives worked with Robert Wittman, Inc., the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wilmington, DE to achieve the successful outcome.

The artifact,  a green glass wine bottle embossed with the initials “RW” for Richard Wistar, was  blown at the Wistarburgh Glassworks (1739-1777) in southern N.J.  The only other known example of this type of bottle is in the collection of the Corning Museum.  The RW Bottle  will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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