Endangered Artifacts

Some of the area’s most unique relics are vying for the title of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. The program sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums is designed to create awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts. While the designation doesn’t come with award money, officials say it has helped some of those previously listed apply for grants and help with fundraising efforts. Using input from public online voting that begins in August, an independent panel of experts will select the top artifacts in mid-September. The nominees include a battalion flag flown on D-Day in 1944, a lead plaque marking French territory in colonial Virginia from 1749, a water works map of Roanoke from 1888 and the Rev. Robert Rose monument at St. John’s Church in Richmond from 1751.