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State archivists to visit Lebanon in search of Civil War memorabilia

From staff reports • Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Staff Reports

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Lebanon on Dec. 4 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

Archivists will be at the Wilson County Archives at 111 S. College St. in Lebanon from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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

The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, some of which will be featured in the exhibit, located online at tncivilwar150.org.. 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 website at tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/events.htm.

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