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Upcoming Event: Ask a Conservator – Emergency Management

Ask a Conservator: Emergency Management
Wednesday, June 23 at 5 pm ET

Cultural heritage is not renewable. If books, documents, pieces of art, or any other ephemera are destroyed in a fire, for example, they are likely lost forever. Librarians and archivists have a long history of responding to and preparing for the kinds of emergencies and disasters, both natural and human-inflicted, that threaten these important resources for economic development and tourism, as well as knowledge, creativity, and a sense of historically connected identity.

In our next “Ask a Conservator” program on June 23, Nora Lockshin, senior conservator, and Katie Wagner, senior book conservator, will share how they plan for and respond to potential emergency situations that could pose risks to the safety of our precious collections at the Smithsonian and those of our fellow cultural institutions around the country. They’ll also discuss how they are called on to assist with protecting and recovering cultural heritage around the world. And as always, there will be plenty of time for your questions!

Register now to attend this webinar via Zoom. Spaces are limited!

You can also watch this event on Facebook. To access the event, please be sure you are following Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. We recommend having our page open when it starts.

If you’re not able to watch live, don’t worry! This program will be recorded and made available for later viewing on our YouTube channel.


We’re seeking sponsors for this program. Donations will go directly to support preservation at the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact our Advancement team.

One Comment

  1. Wow! Very interesting topic 🙂 All collections are precious and should be digitized and copied in several places in my opinion. Unfortunately, I am abroad and will not be able to attend the webinar. I will wait for the video on YouTube.

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