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Unabomber's cabin could make its way back to Montana

Posted at 3:30 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 17:30:27-05

With the Newseum in Washington, D.C. closing its doors at the end of this month, many pieces of American history may be needing new homes.

It includes an infamous piece that is from Montana.

The museum is home to the wilderness cabin that was once home to Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber.

Kaczynski was captured in April of 1996 and according to the FBI, the cabin was key piece of evidence.

It housed 40-thousand handwritten journal pages, a live bomb, bomb-making components and descriptions of Kaczynski's crimes.

Since it will no longer be on display in the nation's capital after the Newsuem closes, the Montana Historical Society director Bruce Whittenberg is trying to see if the piece could make it's way back to the Treasure State.

"It tells an important story of Montana," said Whittenberg. "And it's not a story we're necessarily proud of, or that we like to relive. But it was a big story in Montana, big story nationally and internationally. And that's an artifact that represents that story and so part of our role here is to make sure those things are preserved for future generations."

The Newseum is closing its doors after more than a decade in its Washington, D.C. location.

The historical society has reached out to Senator Jon Tester's office for contacts within the FBI to inquire about bringing the cabin to Helena.