The lead bale seal installed this morning into a display case at the
She pulled it out of an acid-free sleeve while wearing white cotton gloves.
"It's in very good condition," Johnson said today before the relic was placed in an exhibit.
The artifacts, which included knives, eating utensils and gun parts, were returned to the Fort LeBoeuf museum in time for what officials are calling a grand reopening on
The artifacts are on loan from the state to the
The museum, built by the state in 1970, closed in 2010 due to state budget cuts.
The return of the centuries-old artifacts comes on the heels of the state
The bill is now awaiting the governor's signature, which is expected soon.
The museum in
"I hope it's a draw to bring more people in here," said
The artifacts included a main spring and hammer found in a musket, axes for chopping wood, gun flints, a pocketknife, and a metal ring that when sparked started a fire.
"It's exciting," Edwards said today. "It takes you back to the people who had these and were running around here 260 years ago."
Johnson said the state has another 100 artifacts stored by the commission that were excavated at the
"If they want to borrow more, we can entertain that and keep the conversation open," she added. "This was to start the process. As they develop more exhibits here, we could provide additional artifacts relevant to the exhibits."
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