Prettyman Hose Carriage Won First Prize!

Page updated on Feb 1, 2019 at 9:51 AM

Thanks for your voting support! OHA won first place and $4,000 toward the conservation of the 1853 Prettyman Hose Reel, through the Virginia Association of Museums contest.

The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) invited the public to vote daily for their favorite Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifact. Online voting took place January 22 through January 31, 2019. The two artifacts receiving the most votes during this ten-day crowd-sourced competition were recognized as the People's Choice Awards and received $4,000 and $3,000 respectively to conserve their artifacts and care for their continued preservation. Remaining honorees were eligible for other monetary awards provided by the selection committee. This funding is made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond and Blandford Rees Foundation.

The Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage was among the artifacts chosen following a thorough review process by an independent selection committee of collections professionals from partner organizations Library of Virginia, Preservation Virginia, Virginia Conservation Association, and Virginia Department of Historic Resources and which span Virginia's history. Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts bring our past to life and help to showcase the need for conservation.

The People's Choice Awards recipients and remaining honorees will be recognized during a special reception at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. following Virginia Museums Advocacy Day at the General Assembly.

Over the past seven years, the Virginia Association of Museums has successfully promoted awareness of collections care and the ongoing efforts of museums, libraries, archives, historic sites and other collecting institutions across the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia to care for their cultural and historical treasures. In fact, over a 160 organizations have benefited from participating so far. The spotlight that the program has shown on the necessary long-term stewardship and expense necessary to care for our shared past has generated extensive publicity, new supporters and volunteers, and access to funding to conserve and preserve these artifacts.

Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a project of the Virginia Association of Museums and was originally funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant. Due to its success, the program has been replicated in other states and recognized as one of the most successful outcomes of the Connecting to Collections grant program.  

2018 Honorees of the Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts:

Amherst County Museum & Historical Society
Wooden Leg of Edwin Spotswood Ware, SGT, CO I, 19th Virginia Infantry
Amherst County, VA - Central Virginia

Fairfield Foundation
Images of African American Life in Mid-20th Century Gloucester County: Photos and Mementos from the Freedom B. Goode Collection
Gloucester County, VA - Chesapeake Bay

Friendship Firehouse Museum
1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage
Alexandria, VA - Northern Virginia

James Monroe Museum
Pair of Umbrellas Presented to James Monroe and the Marquis de Lafayette
Fredericksburg, VA - Northern Virginia

Mosby Heritage Area Association
Maurice Rector WWI Souvenir Pillow
Fauquier County, VA - Northern Virginia

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Stump Map by Folk Artist Robert L. Cross
Winchester, VA - Shenandoah Valley

Red Hill-Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation
1823 Plat of Red Hill
Campbell County VA - Central Virginia

Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
Rome Daniel's Accordion

Big Stone Gap, VA - Heart of Appalachia 

Town of Wytheville Museums/Wythe County Historical Society
1803 Fraktur, German Style Hand Painted Birth Certificate

Wythe County, VA - Blue Ridge Highlands

Virginia Living MuseumMastodon Fossils Collection
Newport News, VA - Coastal Virginia/Hampton Roads

See more information about Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program and past participating organizations.