On August 5 and 6, Staunton, Virginia area residents will have an opportunity to contribute to the pool of knowledge about the War Between the States when the Civil War 150 Legacy Project comes to the Staunton Public Library. The Library of Virginia, teaming with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, is seeking to scan and eventually to make available online as many privately held war-related documents as possible.
Residents who have original documents such as letters, diaries, military passes, discharge papers, oaths of allegiance, hand-drawn maps, pension materials, photographs and claims for damages by Confederate or Federal armies are asked to share their materials with posterity. The project is interested in digitizing documents dating from 1859 to 1867. Members of the Augusta County Historical Society will be on hand to explain how to properly preserve family manuscripts and photographs.
The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission will share the digitized material on their Web sites.
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