Voting is now open through August 23rd for the Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums! Fairfield’s entry into the program is an 1883 Excelsior Cook Blast Stove, discovered within the ruble of the building, which was used by Fairfield Plantation’s last known resident, an African-American woman who rented the manor house following the Civil War. The stove provides a glimpse into life in the postbellum American South, and is many broken fragments. Follow the link to vote as many times as you like – and check out some of the other great items!
Photo credit: Fairfield Foundation.
Follow the link to vote now: http://www.vamuseums.org/?Top10
ABOUT TOP 10: Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program raises awareness about the important role that artifacts have played in Virginia’s and Washington, D.C.’s history, heritage, arts, and culture. This annual program celebrates the inspiring items that are in the care of museums, libraries, archives, galleries, historical societies, and other sites across the Commonwealth and D.C. From letters and books, to furniture and trains, these irreplaceable items are significant to local communities, the state, as well as the nation. The Top 10 Honor offers collecting institutions of all sizes with the opportunity to build awareness of the threats that they face in serving as stewards of our shared past.