US Civil War Historian?
February 1, 2014 11:23 AM   Subscribe

My friend has a treasure trove of artifacts, and a corner place in Shiloh, Tennessee. Can anyone help him get it up to museum status? I could pay. Thanks~!
posted by DickStock to Human Relations (8 answers total)

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PERHAPS a university history student project?
posted by DickStock at 11:24 AM on February 1, 2014

I'm really sorry but this question is super-vague. What are you actually asking?
posted by DarlingBri at 11:27 AM on February 1, 2014

Man, Shiloh is kinda in the middle of nowhere. If I were him, I'd probably start with the local Civil War Roundtable )Nashville, Murfreesboro). Shiloh is slightly closer to Memphis than to Murfreesboro or Nashville, but if Memphis has a CWRT I don't know about it. There will be local amateur (and probably professional) historians there who can get him pointed in the right direction.
posted by workerant at 11:31 AM on February 1, 2014

My friend has a load of stuff from the battle at Shiloh.

I din't think it was a vague question, I was fishing.

He has great plans to caption and document this stuff he has, he is a 'hunter' not a 'historian'.

he has plans to properly document this stuff, but unless someone gives him a kick in the ass it will never happen. If I need to pay a proper historian with interest in the battle at Shiloh, and preferabbly in the area, great.

All questions welcome~!
posted by DickStock at 11:31 AM on February 1, 2014

Are you asking for someone on MeFi to do this for you ("I was fishing")? Because that would be under Jobs, not AskMe.
posted by mrfuga0 at 11:33 AM on February 1, 2014

Are you asking how your friend could set up a museum in Shiloh, TN?

What the best way to evaluate the artifacts and figure out what if any significance they have and how they would best be of use to historians?

Appraising them for sale or a charitable gift to a museum?

My first thought -- based on your still very vague response -- is to call the local directional university's history department.
posted by Sara C. at 11:34 AM on February 1, 2014

geepers I thought i was being sorta (what's the opposite of 'vague'?)
OK THanks Ask Metafilter or else maybe I will leave this question up for awhile and see if I get some actual "help".... ;)
posted by DickStock at 11:37 AM on February 1, 2014

Foul lurkers so far IMHO
posted by DickStock at 11:37 AM on February 1, 2014

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