State archivists in search of Civil War memorabilia

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, as well as the Tennessee State Museum, will be in Woodbury on Friday, Jan. 24, to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents.

The items are being collected for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

“This is an important project for the Tennessee State Library and Archives,” said Tre Hargett, secretary of state for Tennessee. “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.”

Archivists will be at the Adams Memorial Library, located at 212 College St., from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. During that time, residents are invited 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 the exhibit, located online at

The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.

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 as many of the 95 counties in the state as possible in search of material for the exhibit, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Residents may call 615-741-1883 or contact officials at to schedule a reservation with the archivists.

To find out more information about the project, visit

-- Marie Kemph,

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