Museum Artifacts that Are on the Endangered List

Many artifacts become endangered if proper care is not taken to preserve them. Four museums from the Roanoke Valley made it on the list of the endangered artifacts in Virginia.

National D-Day Memorial


Bob Slaughter, the D-Day veteran kept a memento of his wartime service. Before the invasion, US Gen. Dwight Eisenhower sent an ‘Order of the Day’ to the troops which 75 comrades including Bob Slaughter had to sign. Slaughter saved that letter and framed it.

After he died in 2012, his family found it among his belongings. A professional conservator is needed to take the document out of the frame without damaging it and it would cost a lot. So, if steps are not taken to preserve it, the letter will be lost forever.

Taubman Museum of Art

Here you will find the photographs and negatives of Peggy Macdowell Thomas. These include portraits by Thomas Eakins and his wife Susan Eakins, two great American painters.

The photographs included family portraits that were used by Eakins to help them in painting. These photographs are in freezer condition and they need to be stabilized and reproduced.

History Museum of Western Virginia

Here there is a black and red striped silk wedding dress from 1858 that was worn in New York for a wedding. The wealthy families then took the dress for one day rent to wear as a day dress. The dress has shown signs of damage and needs to be repaired.

Funds are needed to conserve these artifacts. Otherwise, they will be damaged soon and it won’t be possible to recover them.