July 21, 2008

FBI "Black Tie" Gala

Guests snap pictures of the Newseum's J. Edgar Hoover wax figure, on loan from the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)
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Guests snap pictures of the Newseum's J. Edgar Hoover wax figure, on loan from the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

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Scott Erskine, left, executive director of the FBI’s Society of Former Special Agents, with 15-year-old Dak VanVranken, who wrote a song for the FBI’s 100th anniversary. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

John Miller, left, assistant director of the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs, with Freedom Forum Senior Fellow Shelby Coffey. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)
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John Miller, left, assistant director of the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs, with Freedom Forum Senior Fellow Shelby Coffey. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, center, with members of the Society of Former Special Agents. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)
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FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, center, with members of the Society of Former Special Agents. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

Attorney General Michael Mukasey addresses the crowd. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)
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Attorney General Michael Mukasey addresses the crowd. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

Former FBI Director William Webster and his wife, Lynda, pose with a likeness of another former director, J. Edgar Hoover. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)
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Former FBI Director William Webster and his wife, Lynda, pose with a likeness of another former director, J. Edgar Hoover. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

The FBI held a gala event at the Newseum on June 17 to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The FBI’s efforts to fight crime and its starring role in popular culture are examined in "G-Men and Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI's First Century" now at the Newseum. With 200 artifacts — including the Unabomber’s cabin, J.Edgar Hoover’s desk, Patty Hearst’s coat and gun and the electric chair that killed the Lindbergh baby kidnapper — nearly 300 photographs, dozens of historic newspapers and interactive displays, the exhibit reflects the sometimes cooperative, sometimes combative relationship between the FBI and the news media.

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