Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission
and the Virtual Curation Laboratory of Virginia Commonwealth University

The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, in partnership with the Virtual Curation Laboratory of Virginia Commonwealth University, presents a new branch of the Profiles of Honor program: 3-D digital museum scanning. In addition to collecting service photos and documents of Virginia's servicemen and servicewomen, the Virtual Curation Museum is scanning personal artifacts and family heirlooms from WWI and WWII for "display" in its online virtual museum. 

This cutting-edge 3-D technology enables museums and individuals alike to showcase some of their most meaningful and interesting pieces to millions of visitors online. By scanning the artifacts in 3-D, not only is the item preserved in a digital format, but the original pieces can remain in the possession of the donor, while 3-D printed models of the original can be used educationally in classrooms across the world.

The Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission is proud to take part in this new and exciting program, and to share in the rich and meaningful personal stories at the heart of this collection.

Scanning at the "Dawn of Infamy" Event - 12/8/16 (Photo by: B.K. Means)

3-D printing the WWII German P.08 Luger (Photo by: B.K. Means)

Laser-Scanning the Soviet "Order of the Patriotic War" Medal (Photo by: B.K. Means)

Scanning at the "Dawn of Infamy" Event - 12/8/16 (Photo by: B.K. Means)


About the Virtual Curation Laboratory

In August 2011, the Virtual Curation Laboratory was founded at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with initial funding from the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program. Since its establishment, the Virtual Curation Laboratory has dedicated itself to preserving the past through the creation of three-dimensional (3-D) digital models of objects from archaeological sites, museums, and other cultural heritage locations. 


Undergraduate VCU students work under the direction of archaeology professor Dr. Bernard K. Means to undertake this important task.  Many of these 3-D digital models can be found online at and some can even be 3-D printed.

The Virtual Curation Laboratory is honored to work with the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission and the Virginia Tourism Corporation to celebrate the contributions of Virginians on these important anniversaries of WWI and WWII.


Please Note: If an item in our collection features a white DOWLOAD ARROW "" in the title of the image, this fully manipulable virtual artifact is AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD through If you have a 3-D printer of your own, you may download these items and print them yourself!

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