Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be visiting Maryville Friday to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for a new exhibit.
Archivists will be at the Blount County Library, 508 N. Cusick Street in Maryville, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. During that time, they invite residents of the area to bring in photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.
The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, some of which will be featured in an upcoming exhibit titled, “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.” The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.
“This is an important project for the Tennessee State Library and Archives,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “The Civil War was obviously a major event in our state’s history, so we need to take appropriate steps to make sure these treasures are properly preserved for future generations.”
“Maryville and Blount County are areas rich in Civil War history and we are expecting a good turnout for this visit,” added Assistant State Archivist Wayne Moore.
Attendees at Friday’s event will receive copies of the digital photographs and tips on how to preserve their Civil War memorabilia.
Archivists plan to visit all 95 of Tennessee’s counties in search of material for the exhibit, which will commemorate the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.
Media coverage of the archiving work is encouraged.