Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Legacy Project to Visit King and Queen County: Goal to digitize Civil War era documents for research purposes. (April 2012)

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia have partnered to create a state-wide online collection of original Civil War manuscripts that still remain in private hands. The Civil War 150 Legacy Project Document Digitization and Access focuses on manuscript materials created during the period 1859-1867 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction. Citizens are encouraged to bring original family materials to be scanned and included in the Project. Scanned materials will be made available on the web via the Library of Virginia web site and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission web site. The originals will be returned to the owner after scanning.

CW 150 Legacy Project staff will be visiting King and Queen County on Saturday, April 28th. The event to scan documents will take place from 10 am to 5 pm at the King and Queen Courthouse Tavern Museum, King and Queen C.H., Va. Although a limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated, as scheduling allows, appointments are encouraged and will be accommodated first. Appointments may be made by contacting Beth Hayes by telephone at 769-4044 or email at bhayes1245@gmail.com.

The CW 150 Legacy Project is a multi-year initiative to locate, digitize and provide world wide access to the private documentary heritage of the American Civil War era located throughout Virginia. Through a partnership with the Library of Virginia and a network of statewide connections, the CW 150 Legacy Project will provide individuals an opportunity to have their historic letters, diaries and other collections scanned to preserve their valuable intellectual content.

The Library of Virginia holds the worlds most extensive collection of material about the Old Dominion and has been a steward of its documentary and printed heritage since 1823. The Library of Virginia currently holds 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 tile in the vast and colorful mosaic of Virginia’s experience.