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.
2016 VIRGINIA’S TOP 10 ENDANGERED ARTIFACTS
Lithograph, First Regiment Virginia Volunteers; 1858
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
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
PEOPLE’S CHOICE HONOREE
(with a total of 20,728 votes)
The “Dinwiddie County,” Pullman Sleeper/Lounge Railroad Car; 1926
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/.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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.
THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS
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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