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State Archivists to Visit Grainger County in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: May 29, 2012)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Rutledge June 12 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for a new exhibit.

Archivists will be at the Grainger County Archives, 7850 Rutledge Pike (Hwy. 11-W) in Rutledge, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day. During that time, they invite area residents 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 exhibit titled, “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.” The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.

Individuals may call (615) 741-1883 or e-mail civilwar.tsla@tn.gov to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Reservation forms and available times may be found on the State Library and Archives’ section of the Office of the Secretary of State web site at: http://tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/events.htm

“I encourage people to attend this event and share their Civil War-related items with the State Library and Archives,” Sen. Mike Faulk said. “Not only will digital versions of the items be available for all Tennesseans to see, but the archivists will provide tips to the owners about how to properly preserve and store the items.”

“Interest in Civil War history is very high in Tennessee, particularly since the conflict divided so many residents of our state,” said Rep. Dennis Roach. “Events like this can only heighten that interest even more.”

“This is an important project for the Tennessee State Library and Archives,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “The Civil War was 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.”

Attendees at the 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.