SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) – A rare treasure has been discovered at the Springfield Science Museum.
It’s a Tlingit War Helmet that had been stored on a shelf at the museum for over 100 years. Staffers found the wooden helmet while selecting objects for a new display.
It is a war helmet from the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska dating to the mid 19th century or earlier.
Science museum director David Stier calls it the find of a lifetime. He adds, “I’ve been curating the collections for 30 years and while we have come across a number of surprising specimens and objects, there’s been nothing to the degree of this Tlingit war helmet. It is one of the most thrilling moments for a curatorial person to find something like this.”
Museum records show the helmet was accepted into collections sometime after 1899. There are fewer than 100 Tlingit war helmets in existence. You’ll be able to see the helmet when the People of the Northwest Coast display opens December 26th.