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Kurt Burkhart, Co-Chair, Charlottesville Albemarle Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee
Ph: 434.970.3635

Steven Meeks, Co-Chair, Charlottesville Albemarle Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee
Ph: 434.296-1492

Civil War 150 Legacy Project visits Charlottesville
Goal is to digitize Civil War-era documents for future research

February 17, 2011 (Charlottesville, VA)  - The Civil War 150 Legacy Project, a partnership between the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia to create a state-wide online collection of original Civil War documents, is coming to Charlottesville on Saturday, March 5, 2011. 

The all-day event, which begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m., will be held at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall and is sponsored by the Charlottesville Albemarle Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.   CitySpace is located at 110 5th Street, NE, adjacent to City Hall and across from the Discovery Museum.  The public is invited to access free parking, where available, or receive two-hour parking validation when using the Market Street Garage.

Appointments are encouraged and a limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated, as scheduling allows.

Staff archivists from the Library will receive and scan documents that still remain in private hands.  This multi-year event focuses on manuscripts and other materials during the period that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction.  Local residents are encouraged to bring original materials to be scanned and included in the Project.  Scanned materials will be made available on the Internet via the Library of Virginia website and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission website.

The Civil War 150 Legacy Project provides individuals with a rare and unique opportunity to have their historic letters, diaries and other collections scanned to preserve their valuable intellectual content.  Co-Chair of the Charlottesville Albemarle Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, Steven Meeks, who also serves as President for the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, said that he knows of, "significant historical collections in our area, and our hope is that once the word gets out about this event [March 5], that we'll begin expressed interest to share their family's history with that of the Commonwealth."

Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director for the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau and Co-Chair with Meeks said that, "With each collection that's presented, historical accounts about the greater Charlottesville region will likely add to the growing interest already shown by Americans and an increasing number of foreign visitors who want to know more about events that occurred of those who lived and died during the Civil War."  Burkhart also indicated that Parent Teacher Organizations in Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Schools have also been notified as a way of increasing educational interest about historical accounts of family and community during the war years.

Laura Drake Davis, Senior State Records Archivist for the Library, and Western Regional Coordinator for the Civil War 150 Legacy Project, will be in Charlottesville on February 25 to field questions at a press conference to be held at the Visitor Information Center at 10:30 a.m.  Media kits will be available at that time.

The Library of Virginia, located in historic downtown Richmond, holds the world's most extensive collection of material about the Old Dominion and has been a steward of the commonwealth's documentary and printed heritage since 1823.  The story of Virginia and Virginians has been told in many ways since 1607.  At the Library of Virginia it is told through nearly 113 million manuscripts and more than 1.9 million books, serials, bound periodicals, microfilm reels, newspapers and state and federal documents, each an individual title in the vast and colorful mosaic of Virginia's experience.

About the Charlottesville Albemarle Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee is a volunteer committee comprised of educators, historians, military strategists, local businesses, attractions, the tourism industry, and others, who plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities appropriate to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, with emphasis on the greater Charlottesville region.

Permission was received to use the Civil War 150 logo to promote the March 5 Legacy Project in Charlottesville.

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