Artifacts Roadshow and Military Booksale

Would you like to learn more about your family’s military-related items? Have you discovered a potential treasure as you put away your holiday decorations?

Now is the time to bring those items in for a free expert review at the Virginia War Memorial’s Annual Artifacts Roadshow. Whether it’s an old uniform or cap, a box of medals and ribbons, a flag, a sword or a canteen – every piece of military memorabilia has an interesting story to tell.

Our Curator Jesse Smith, military weapons expert Robert House, and photo and document expert Warren Swindle will be on site to personally review and offer insights on military items from any era – from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, World Wars I and II to today. While Smith, House and Swindle will be pleased to tell the story about each item reviewed and give preservation tips, no appraisals or monetary evaluations can be given.

That day, the Memorial will also be hosting the Annual Book Sale. We will have a selection of hundreds of slightly used military and history books, DVDs, VHS tapes and more for sale in the Galanti Education Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All proceeds from the sale support the Virginia War Memorial Foundation which funds the educational programs and exhibits at the Memorial.

Admission to both events is free. Donations to the non-profit Virginia War Memorial Foundation are appreciated. Parking is available on our surface NEW parking lot and available in the VHDA surface lot next door at 601 South Belvidere Street and in the Afton Chemical Corporation lot at Belvidere and Spring Street.

While staffers will be pleased to give more detail and preservation tips about each item, no appraisals or monetary evaluations will be given. Small arms, weapons and other ordinance items brought to the Artifacts Roadshow will be inspected and tagged for safety at the door prior to review. Vendors and dealers are prohibited at this event.