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VAM Announces the 2014 Top 10

Endangered Artifacts in Virginia

Richmond, VA - The Virginia Association of Museums has announced the 2014 honorees of Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts, a program designed to create awareness about the importance of preserving artifacts in the care of collecting institutions such as museums, historical societies, libraries and archives throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia.
Below is the list of the Top 10 Honorees and their artifact names and locations. In addition there is a People's Choice Honoree that received the most votes during the program's online voting competition. Click here for a complete list of the 2014 Honorees with media contacts for each of the 11 organizations recognized. Click here for a complete list of the artifacts' descriptions and threats. Images are available upon request. 


Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum 
Handmade Mosaic Tile by Artist Amaza Lee Meredith
Lynchburg, VA (Central Virginia)
Archeological Society of Virginia 
Virginia's Oldest Batteau
Charles City, VA (Central Virginia)
Danville Historical Society
General Store Ledger, 1798
Danville, VA (Southern Virginia)
George C. Marshall Foundation
D-Day Landing Map
Lexington, VA (Shenandoah Valley)
Manassas Museum System
Liberia House Civil War Graffiti
Manassas, VA (Northern Virginia)
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Portrait Miniature of Thomas Boyle Campbell (1796-1858)
Winchester, VA (Shenandoah Valley)
National D-Day Memorial
John Schenk's New Testament Bible carried with him on Omaha Beach June 6, 1944
Bedford, VA (Central Virginia)
Ordnance Training and Heritage Center
Skeleton Tank
Fort Lee, VA (Central Virginia)
Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Chief Paul Miles' Regalia
King William, VA (Chesapeake Bay) 
Rockbridge Historical Society
War of 1812 Cavalry Helmet - Rockbridge Dragoons
Lexington, VA (Shenandoah Valley) 
Salem Museum and Historical Society
Preston Papers
Salem, VA (Shenandoah Valley)
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). 
Following three successful years of building awareness for over 60 organizations and their artifacts located across Virginia and DC, the Top 10 has inspired numerous positive outcomes such as pairing donors with artifacts in need of conservation support, new volunteers discovering museums, and grantors rewarding organizations for their stewardship. Eleven artifacts have been conserved and more continue to be. While the results of public voting was a factor in the final decision, the list of "Top 10" honorees was 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. Learn more by viewing the video below.
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*VAM is proud of the success of the Top 10 program. Several other states, including Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Colorado, and North Carolina have replicated this exciting public outreach program.


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