Vote for Friendship Firehouse’s Engines Starting August 1

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Company


The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) is pleased to announce the nominees to the 2015 Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program. The public is invited to vote for their favorite endangered artifact and may also donate toward its conservation starting August 1st. We’ve received a fascinating variety of artifact nominations from across the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Access the full list of 2015 nominees at this link.

Firefighting equipment from the 19th century, a 1942 Dodge WC-53 Carryall, a rare 1843 copy of the Declaration of Independence, and a WWII camera collection, including the Konica Aerial, used by the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor, are but a few of the outstanding items nominated this year. A vast array of collecting institutions care for our communities’ treasures, including museums, historic houses, libraries, and historical societies. The care they provide is time-consuming and expensive. The Top 10 program brings awareness to the efforts of museums as stewards of our history, culture and heritage. Also, the program provides an opportunity for the public to get engaged by voting for their favorite artifact.

“Each year that we do this program, I am amazed by the diversity and importance of the artifacts in the care of Virginia’s museums. Each year, we have success raising awareness for endangered artifacts, and collecting institutions benefit from the Top 10 by garnering support for their conservation efforts. I am confident that this year will be no different,” says Jennifer Thomas, VAM’s executive director.

The public is invited to cast their votes in an online poll at Those wishing to make a lasting impact can also donate to the conservation of any of the nominated artifacts. The final Top 10 Honorees will be selected by an independent review panel of collections and conservation experts and will be announced on September 15th.

The timeline for the program is as follows:

  • August 1 – 23, 2015: Online voting takes place. The public may vote for their favorite endangered objects and make a donation toward conservation at: Voting closes at midnight, EST, on August 23rd.
  • September 15, 2015: The Virginia Association of Museums will announce Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Honorees for 2015.

Please visit this link for updated information and a list of nominees. Photographs available upon request.

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 Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Colorado.

(Photo by kalacaw, on Flickr)

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