Lithograph, First Regiment Virginia Volunteers; 1858 Ashland Museum Ashland, Virginia


Snider – Botetourt Sampler; 1830 Botetourt County Historical Society and Museum Fincastle, Virginia


Portraits of Rufus and Caroline Griswold; 1840 Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond, Virginia


Antebellum Wedding Dress; c. 1858 History Museum of Western Virginia Roanoke, Virginia


Cloth Children’s Map of the United States (with National Historical Scenes); 1941 MacArthur Memorial Norfolk, Virginia


Bob Slaughter's Order of the Day; 1944 National D-Day Memorial Foundation Bedford, Virginia


Garden Shed Signatures; c. 1900-1965 Oatlands Historic House and Gardens Leesburg, Virginia


Macdowell-Eakins Archives Photographs and Negatives; c. 1880-1935 Taubman Museum of Art Roanoke, Virginia


Robert E. Lee's Three Piece Wool Sack Suit; c. 1860s University Collections of Art and History, Washington & Lee University Lexington, Virginia


Deep History: Collection of Documents Related to Virginia Slave Codes, 1798-1890s Wilderness Road Regional Museum Dublin, Virginia


People’s Choice Honoree Artifact Receiving the Most Public Votes Vote Total: 20,728 The “Dinwiddie County”, Pullman Sleeper/Lounge Railroad Car; 1926 Richmond Railroad Museum Richmond, Virginia

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.