Please cast your vote for our 1942 Dodge Carryall in the Virginia Top 10 Endangered Artifact Competition.
The Virginia Top 10 Endangered Artifact competition highlights unique artifacts throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area. The program addresses the national recommendations of the Heritage Health Index Report to raise public funding and awareness of the importance of collections care. #vatop10
This 1942 Dodge WC-53 Carryall was designed for the U.S. Army as a Command vehicle. The one pictured above is located at the National D-Day Memorial and is one of just 8,400 manufactured between 1942 and April 1943.
Military vehicles, such as the 1942 Carryall, were produced in factories that once made bicycles and refrigerators. These factories required the effort of everyone on the homefront, from the children that found scrap rubber to working-age women who entered the factory workforce.
This truck actually serves as a story to the war production effort and the support of the homefront to the frontlines that helped secure Allied victory.
Being an outdoor site, the D-Day Memorial is searching for funding to help battle the effects of the elements on the truck, conserve the interior, and secure a protective environment for its future care.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a project of theVirginia Association of Museums. This public outreach campaign for collections care was launched in 2011 with support from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Following three successful years of building awareness for more than 60 organizations and their artifacts located across Virginia and DC, the Top 10 has inspired numerous positive outcomes such as pairing donors with artifacts in need of conservation support, new volunteers discovering museums, and grantors rewarding organizations for their stewardship. Eleven artifacts have been conserved and more continue to be. While the results of public voting was a factor in the final decision, the list of "Top 10" honorees was selected by an independent review panel of collections and conservation experts from the Library of Virginia, Preservation Virginia, Virginia Conservation Association, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, as well as an independent conservator.
Learn about the Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Program and cast your vote for the National D-Day Memorial's 1942 Dodge Carryall at http://www.vamuseums.org/?Top10