Some of the most prized possesions veterans leave with their friends and families are the objects from their time in service, be it an old uniform, a box of medals, a service pistol or a collection of photographs. The Artifacts Roadshow will return to the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond for those who want to know the stories and history behind these items.
Since first being held at the War Memorial in January 2012, the Artifacts Roadshow has grown into one of the venue’s most important events, giving the public the opportunity to bring in any military-related item from any era for a free, unbiased expert review and preservation tips.
Reviews are conducted one-on-one with Virginia War Memorial Curator Jesse Smith, military weapons expert Robert House and photo and document expert Warren Swindle.
Objects can come from the Revolutionary and Civil wars, World War I and II through today, and may include everything from uniforms and medals to papers and canteens. While weapons such as swords and guns may also be reviewed, they must be checked for safety prior to review.
While they are prohibited from assessing monetary appraisals for reviewed items, they will note if a specific item may be worth having a full appraisal done, for either insurance or sale purposes.
In addition, the Virginia War Memorial will conduct its annual Military Book Sale at the same time, with all proceeds going to the Virginia War Memorial Foundation.
The event will be at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St. in Richmond, in the Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26.