When a Confederate roster was dug up recently in a stack of papers in Waynesboro, Virginia, the local library at sent it off to the state library causing some concern with the local historical society. The historical society has been attempting to gather local artifacts for presentation and feels the item would be better served staying local. Transcriptions were made available.
The reason for the move was stated to be two fold: the items were deteriorating and in need of restoration and housing and the state facility was deemed to have better, climate controlled equipment for the priceless artifact.
Volunteers who made the transcripts of the information that everyone now has access to despite where the original, fragile, brittle piece of priceless memorabilia is being housed thinks it is sad that little, local organizations with unclear futures and funding are being set aside to allow Big Museum to take over. In no way, shape or form would anyone from the larger, state run museums enjoy the annual publicity of bringing local items to concerned and interested citizens.