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Goodwill Vest Donated to Burke Museum

Thursday, January 31, 2013

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—Staff members at a Goodwill store in Seattle decided that a beaded Native American vest they received as a donation should be passed on to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington. Based upon the color of the beads and its velvet lining, the vest probably dates to the early 1900s and was eventually sold to a tourist. “We have to make the decision, what’s the best use of the donation. In this case because it’s of cultural significance, it seems it would be best to be accessible to everyone,” said Katherine Boury of Goodwill.