Three area attractions are among the Virginia Association of Museums Top 10 endangered artifacts.
The Virginia Association of Museums campaign is designed to create awareness for preserving artifacts in Virginia. Part of the campaign included public voting for its favorite endangered artifacts.
The regional artifacts on the list are a lithograph at the Historical Society of Western Virginia in Roanoke, a book from the 1860s at the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center in Christiansburg, and a flag flown during an assault on Utah Beach during D-Day at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
To see the rest of the artifacts, see the news release from the Virginia Association of Museums below:
The Virginia Association of Museums (vamuseums.org) announced today the honorees of the 2013 Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program, a campaign designed to create awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts in the care of collecting institutions such as galleries, museums, historical societies, libraries, and archives throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington, DC. While it is not a grant-making effort, the program offers collecting institutions a platform upon which to raise media and public awareness about the ongoing and expensive care of the collections at their institutions.
Part of the campaign included the opportunity for the public to cast votes in favor of their favorite endangered artifact, as well as to donate to the collecting institutions. In this year's program, 181,865 online votes were cast by art lovers, history buffs, and fans of museums from around the country. From the founding of Colonial Virginia to contemporary sculpture, the competition featured fascinating items that inspired the imagination, pulled at hearts strings, and expanded pride in the region's vast history and cultural heritage.
The 2013 Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Honorees are: Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, VA for Illustrations for "The Raven" by Artist James Carling, 1884; Historical Society of Western Virginia in Roanoke, VA for Water Works Map of Roanoke - Lithograph 1888; MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA for World War II Filipino and U.S. Guerrilla Unit Flag, circa 1940s; Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center in Christiansburg, VA for Rice D. Montague Account Book, circa 1860s; National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA for 299th Combat Engineer Battalion Flag Flown at Assault on Utah Beach D-Day, 1944; Portsmouth Community Library & Black History Museum in Portsmouth, VA for Scrapbook of Portsmouth's First African American Librarian, mid 20th century; St. John's Church in Richmond, VA for Reverend Robert Rose Monument, 1751; The Old Jail Museum in Warrenton, VA for Watercolor Painting of Warrenton During Civil War; Union Occupation November 14, 1862; Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in Washington, D.C. for Wedding Trunk from Martha Washington: A Gift to Her Granddaughter, 1795. The 2013 People's Choice Award went to the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA for Untitled Painting by Appalachian Folk Artist Minnie Ma Scyphers, circa 1970s, which garnered over 63,000 public votes in the fan-based competition.
Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a program of the Virginia Association of Museums (vamuseums.org). Seed money for the program was provided through a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (imls.gov). The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.