Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts

 

 

A SPACE FOR LONGTERM STORYTELLING
 

ABOUT

Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program identifies significant, endangered artifacts at libraries, archives, and museums throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington D.C. on an annual basis. Recognized artifacts are kept on the "endangered" list until which time the threat to the artifact has been resolved. This site serves to document the artifacts that have been designated over the course of the program.

 

Past Honorees and Nominees

 

Where Are They Now?

Read about some of the endangered artifacts and the museums that seek to preserve them. You'll find success stories, continuing challenges, and interesting twists in the tales of these significant cultural treasures.

Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a program of the Virginia Association of Museums. Over the past seven years, VAM has successfully promoted awareness of collections care and the efforts of museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites across the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia to care for their cultural and historical treasures, which is an expensive and time-consuming effort. In fact, over a 150 organizations have benefited from participating and the spotlight that the program has provided has generated extensive publicity, new supporters and volunteers, and access to funding to conserve and preserve their artifacts.

 

Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a project of the Virginia Association of Museums and was originally funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant. Due to its success, the program has been replicated in other states and recognized as one of the most successful outcomes of the Connecting to Collections grant program.