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NEWS RELEASE:

Tazewell, Va. (September 13, 2012) – Crab Orchard Museum is pleased to announce that their nomination to the 2012 Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program, a rare 1800's rock wagon, was selected as one of Virginia's Top Ten Endangered Artifacts.

The program was designed and implemented by the Virginia Association of Museums to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries, and archives throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and in Washington, DC.

The rock wagon was used to repair roads, including the Fincastle Turnpike, as pioneers migrated west on the Wilderness Road, and is considered a rare and significant artifact in the pioneer story of Virginia. 

View WVVA.com's previous report on the wagon

"We are absolutely delighted to be honored through this program," said Charlotte Whitted,

Executive Director of Crab Orchard Museum. "The fact that over 120,000 votes were cast by the public for all the nominations confirms that historic preservation matters to the citizens of the Commonwealth."

The museum is seeking professional conservation assessment for the rock wagon and is gathering a list of interested volunteers and resources to assist with the restoration.  "We have contacted the Virginia Conservation Association for guidance on the best conservation plan. Once we complete the assessment and commit to a restoration plan, we can estimate how much funding it will take and pursue private and grant funding save the wagon."

Read more about the winning objects and view photographs of all nominations at www.vatop10artifacts.org. View a video overview of the program at http://youtu.be/bGEfZqojZa8.

For more information, visit www.craborchardmuseum.com or call 276-988-6755.

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a project of the Virginia Collections Initiative and the Virginia Association of Museums and is made possible by a grant

from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's  mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

It also serves to complement Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Sites program organized by Preservation Virginia, a major partner in this program, and their outstanding work to recognize our irreplaceable historic places. (www.preservationvirginia.org/endangeredsites/)

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