U.S. Marshals and Deputies are the lawmen of the country’s frontiers. In the “Frontier Marshals” gallery, visitors will find four chronologically organized vignettes showing important occurrences in American history.
Marshals established law and order as the country’s border moved westward. In this gallery, an Interactive Map on a flat screen monitor will illustrate the continual shift of U.S. boundaries. "Gesture technology" screens will allow visitors to activate static artifacts, such as exploring a Marshal's desk to examine closely how he carried out his job.
Perhaps the best known role of the Marshals is that immortalized by popular culture as the law enforcers of the Old West.The deeds of some Deputy Marshals like Wyatt Earp, Bass Reeves, Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas, and Chris Madsen live up to the legends of courage and toughness. A frontier-era school house will invite visitors to witness one of the authentic violent encounters known as the Going Snake Massacre, a tale told through conflicting perspectives.
Marshals performed territorial duties in Alaska well into the 20th century. The extremes of weather and distance of the "Great Frontier" added to challenges of administering justice. Museum attendees will learn of Bert Hansen, a Marshal who traveled by dog sled into the arctic wilderness tracking fugitives.
The U.S. Marshals Service continues to be flexible in order to adapt to criminal activity. Today, many new frontiers, such as technology and the internet, influence the law enforcement landscape. This section allows visitors to contemplate the U.S. in the 2050 and ways in which the U.S. Marshals Service will shape the future.