Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Turn the Rascals Out! Campaign Rally Sign - Circa 1870s-1880s Charlottesville, VA


Alleghany Historical Society Merry Widow, Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Locomotive 701 - circa 1911 Covington, VA


Fairfield Foundation Ware Neck Store Sales Receipts - c. 1870s-1930s Gloucester, VA - Hampton Roads


Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park Horse-Drawn Rock Wagon - circa 1880-1910 Tazewell, VA - Heart of Appalachia


Jean Outland Chrysler Library at the Chrysler Museum of Art Moses Myers Family Bible - circa 1798 Norfolk, VA - Hampton Roads

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Library of Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom (Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom) - circa 1786 Richmond, VA - Central Virginia


The Mariners’ Museum Second National Confederate Naval Flag of the CSS Alabama - circa 1860s Newport News, VA - Hampton Roads

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Portsmouth Community Library and Black History Museum Ledger from African-American Lodge, Love and Charity; c. 1870-1880 Portsmouth, VA - Hampton Roads


Salem Museum Records of African-American Midwife Georgianna Saunders - circa 1916-1940 Salem, VA - Shenandoah Valley

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Virginia Museum of Transportation The Lake Pearl, Southern Railway Pullman Sleeper Car - circa 1923 Roanoke, VA - Shenandoah Valley

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.