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State Archivists to Visit New Johnsonville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: June 27, 2013)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in New Johnsonville on July 11 and July 12 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for a new exhibit.

Archivists will be at the Johnsonville State Historic Park, 90 Nell Beard Road in New Johnsonville, on July 11 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on July 12 from 9 a.m. until noon. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original 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/cwtn_events.htm.

"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.