Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Roanoke’s History Museum 1858 Antebellum wedding dress endangered

History Museum 1858 Antebellum Wedding Dress

History Museum 1858 Antebellum Wedding Dress

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is proud to announce the 2016 Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. The program is designed to create awareness of the conservation needs of artifacts in the care of collecting institutions such as museums, historical societies, libraries, and archives throughout Virginia.


Below is the list of the Top 10 honorees for 2016, as well as our annual People’s Choice honoree – the artifact that received the most public votes. For a complete listing of the 2016 Honorees, including descriptions and media contacts for each organization, visit the Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts website. Images are available upon request.

Lithograph, First Regiment Virginia Volunteers; 1858
Ashland Museum
Ashland, VA – Central Virginia Region

Snider – Botetourt Sampler; 1830
Botetourt County Historical Society and Museum
Fincastle, VA- Virginia Mountains Region

Portraits of Rufus and Caroline Griswold; 1840
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Richmond, VA – Central Virginia Region

Antebellum Wedding Dress; c. 1858
History Museum of Western Virginia
Roanoke, VA – Virginia Mountains Region

Cloth Children’s Map of the United States (with National Historical Scenes); 1941
MacArthur Memorial
Norfolk, Virginia – Coastal-Hampton Roads Region

Bob Slaughter’s Order of the Day; 1944
National D-Day Memorial Foundation
Bedford, VA – Virginia Mountains Region

Garden Shed Signatures; c. 1900-1965
Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
Leesburg, VA – Northern Virginia Region

Macdowell-Eakins Archives Photographs and Negatives; c. 1880-1935
Taubman Museum of Art
Roanoke, VA – Virginia Mountains Region

Robert E. Lee’s Three Piece Wool Sack Suit; c. 1860s
University Collections of Art and History, Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia – Shenandoah Region

Deep History: Collection of Documents Related to Virginia Slave Codes, 1798-1890s
Wilderness Road Regional Museum
Dublin, Virginia – Heart of Appalachia Region

(with a total of 20,728 votes)
The “Dinwiddie County,” Pullman Sleeper/Lounge Railroad Car; 1926
Richmond Railroad Museum
Richmond, VA – Central Virginia Region
Do you love museums and the valuable work they do to protect our shared cultural heritage? Support the Virginia museum community and Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program with a donation today at http://www.vamuseums.org/donations/.
Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a project of the Virginia Association of Museums. This public outreach campaign for collections care was launched in 2011 with support from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program is in its fifth year of building awareness for the important role that museums and cultural organization play in caring for our historic and cultural treasures. It has inspired numerous positive outcomes such as pairing donors with artifacts in need of conservation support, helping participating museums learn more about the provenance of their artifacts, and supporting successful grant applications for conservation care.  
While the results of public voting was a factor in the final decision, the “Top 10” honorees were selected by an independent review panel of collections and conservation experts from the Library of Virginia, Preservation Virginia, Virginia Conservation Association, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, as well as an independent conservator. The panel gives particular weight to the historical or cultural significance of the item, its conservation needs, whether it has been assessed, as well as future plans and continued preservation.
Learn about the Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program at  http://www.vatop10artifacts.org.
Read about previous Top 10 honorees and learn about their status on the Where Are They Now: Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Revisited blog.
MISSION: The Virginia Association of Museums is a statewide network serving the museum community.
VISION: A united museum community inspiring the word around us
VAM has over 2,000 members, consisting of individuals, businesses, and member organizations, which range from historic houses to botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos, children’s museums, historical societies, art museums and galleries, battlefields, military museums, and more.

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