Earlier this year I bought the book “The President’s Table” by Barry H. Landau as I had heard marvelous reports about the text. It is a grand book, but now it seems the historian I much enjoy may be less than he seems.
Barry H. Landau is recognized as one of the foremost collectors of presidential artifacts and memorabilia, having worked with every White House since the Lyndon Johnson administration.
Now police in Baltimore are accusing him and another man of stealing millions of dollars worth of historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society.
Landau and Jason Savedoff are accused of stealing documents from the society’s museum library after an employee thought the pair exhibited suspicious behavior.
According to a Baltimore Police Department report, the employee said he watched Savedoff take a document, conceal it in a portfolio and walk out of the library with it on Saturday. The employee then called police.
The report states 60 documents were found in Savedoff’s locker near the library, some of which were signed out by Landau.
The men were found to be in possession of documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln valued at $300,000, along with signed commemorations of both the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument, each valued at $100,000.