The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia have partnered to create a state-wide online collection of original Civil War manuscripts that still remain in private hands. The Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access focuses on manuscript materials created during the period 1859-1867 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction. Archivists from the Library of Virginia are scanning privately-held manuscript material for inclusion on both the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission websites.
CW 150 Legacy Project staff will be visiting Staunton on Friday, March 21, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Staunton Public Library. Materials may include letters, memoirs, pension materials, military passes, discharge papers, diaries, hand-drawn maps and sketches, photographs and selected memorabilia and other Civil War era manuscripts. Of particular interest to the project are global and pacifist perspectives and the viewpoints of individual African Americans and women. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 332-3902. A limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated, as scheduling allows.
The CW 150 Legacy Project is a multi-year initiative to locate, digitize and provide world-wide access to the private documentary heritage of the American Civil War era located throughout Virginia. Utilizing Local Sesquicentennial Committees already established by the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and through a partnership with the Library of Virginia and a network of statewide connections, the CW 150 Legacy Project will provide individuals an opportunity to have their historic letters, diaries and other collections scanned to preserve their valuable intellectual content. The current collection can be viewed at www.virginiamemory.com.
This event is conducted in partnership with the Library of Virginia, the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta Co. Sesquicentennial Committee and the Augusta County Historical Society.
The Staunton Public Library is located at 1 Churchville Avenue. For information, call (540) 332-3902.