For two days next week, representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and Tennessee State Museum will be in Cleveland to “record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by residents,” according to Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
The team will be at the Museum Center at Five Points March 11 and 12.
On Tuesday, archivists will be available from 2 until 6 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Archivists are searching for original photos, documents and other artifacts associated with the Civil War.
An exhibit titled, “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee,” is being planned.
According to Hargett, archivists will scan or take digital photos of materials, some of which will be featured in the exhibit.
“The archivist will not actually take possession of the items from their owners,” Hargett noted.
An online exhibit of the collected memorabilia will be at the Tennessee 150th Commemorative website at www.tncivilwar150.org.
Reservations can also be made with the archivists by calling 615-741-1883 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservation forms can be located at www.tn.gov/ cwtn/cwtmevents.htm.
“This is an important project for TSLA. 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,” Hargett said.
According to Hargett, attendees who submit memorabilia will receive copies of the digital photos and tips on how to preserve their Civil War items.