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Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Civil War items compete to be among top 10 ‘endangered artifacts’

Three Civil War artifacts are among the items submitted by museums, libraries and historic sites to compete for a spot on a list of “Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts.”

The online contest, sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums in Richmond, asks the public to vote for their favorite from a selection of artifacts that are in need of restoration. As of Monday, more than 80,000 votes had been cast. (Multiple votes per person are allowed.) Voting in the contest ends at midnight Tuesday.

So which entries have Civil War ties?

The Civil War entries include a Confederate flag from the Warren Rifles Confederate Memorial Museum in Front Royal and a banner from the Lynchburg Museum System in Lynchburg as well as the USS Monitor’s revolving gun turret at the Mariners Museum in Newport News. But they’re up against some pretty stiff competition. There is a WWII “Wildcat” single engine aircraft, a gown worn by Marian Anderson and the executive papers of Gov. Thomas Jefferson (1779-1781) among other items.

The 10 top vote-getters will win a customized marketing plan donated by the Richmond firm ToMarket, but association project manager Christina Newton said the contest will help even those who did not make the top ten.

“This contest is great exposure for the smaller collections and the publicity they got from entering the contest makes everyone a winner,” she said. Planning has already begun for a second contest next year, Newton said

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:34 PM ET, 09/19/2011

 
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