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Past Top 10 Honorees

The Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program identifies significant, endangered artifacts at libraries, archives, and museums throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington DC on an annual basis. Top 10 Endangered Artifacts are kept on the "endangered" list until which time the threat to the artifact has been resolved. Here you can take a look at artifacts that have been designated in previous years.


Follow our "Where are They Now?" blog to stay up to date on Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.




2016 Nominees

2016 Honorees


2015 Nominees 

2015 Honorees


2014 Nominees

2014 Honorees


2013 Nominees

2013 Honorees



2012 Nominees

2012 Honorees



2011 Nominees

2011 Honorees


Top 10 Status Report


(updated as we learn of new information about our previous honorees)


Top 10 Year



Booker T. Washington National Monument


Photographs with cellulose nitrate negatives, 1957-1984

Film is currently being conserved in a freezer.

Hermitage Museum & Gardens


Korean 18thcentury Sakyamuni Triad silk tapestry

Repatriated back to Korea and is currently being conserved. Future plans include public display.

Klug-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia


Yolngu Bark Painting by Narritjin Maymuru, depicting Djarrakpi Story (Indonesian Trader Ship)

Currently being conserved and will be on display at UVA soon.

The Mariners’ Museum


USS Monitor’sRevolving Gun Turret

Currently in conservation. An estimated 18 years of work needs to be completed. Fundraising is needed.

Virginia Museum of Transportation


Norfolk & Western SD45 Diesel Locomotive #1776


Received $10,000 grant fromTrains Magazinetoward improvements to Locomotive #1776 thanks to its People’s Choice recognition.

Warren Rifles Confederate Memorial Museum


Confederate Battle Flag of Co. B, 6thVA Cavalry


Artifact has been conserved and is on display.

The Fairfield Foundation


Ware Neck Store Sales Receipts; c. 1870s-1930s

Documents cleaned and placed in proper storage. Artifacts scanned by VCU’s Virtual Curation Laboratory. Experts are assisting with the project.

Salem Museum


Records of African-American Midwife, Georgianna Saunders; c. 1916-1940


Records being transcribed and put in a database. People delivered by Georgianna Saunders have contacted the museum.

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden


George Washington’s Revolutionary War Camp Stool; c. 1776

Conserved by the Historic Trades Department of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, through a collaborative research project with the Museum of the American Revolution in association with Tudor Place.

Wilton House Museum


Waistcoat of Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood; c. 18thcentury


Artifact is currently being conserved.

MacArthur Memorial


World War II Filipino and U.S. Guerilla Unit Flag, c. 1940s

Thanks to the support of a generous donor, the flag has been conserved and is on view! 


St. John’s Church Foundation


Reverend Robert Rose Monument, 1751

St. John's oldest visible grave marker has been conserved! and will be dedicated on the anniversary of Rose's death on June 30, 2017.




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