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. 

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

Charlottesville, VA - Central Virginia

"Turn the Rascals Out!" Campaign Rally Sign; c. 1870s-1880s 

This artifact is a prime example of nineteenth-century political campaign and rally paraphernalia. It is important to preserve it so that future generations can observe firsthand and learn about politics of the past. In the present age of electronic news and social networking, an actual cloth and wood picket sign is a unique legacy to be appreciated.