Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) focuses on four priorities: recognition, resilience, response, and research, all part of the solution to mitigating the impact of disasters on cultural heritage and communities.

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative is committed to protecting cultural heritage threatened or impacted by disasters and to help U.S. and international communities preserve their identities and history. We were founded to continue the momentum generated by the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project (haiti.si.edu) and to continue helping all types of heritage organizations prepare for and respond t

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative is committed to protecting cultural heritage threatened or impacted by disasters and to help U.S. and international communities preserve their identities and history. We were founded to continue the momentum generated by the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project (haiti.si.edu) and to continue helping all types of heritage organizations prepare for and respond t

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The application period for 2021-22 U.S. Department of State: Virtual Student Federal Service internships has started! #S...
07/16/2021

The application period for 2021-22 U.S. Department of State: Virtual Student Federal Service internships has started! #SCRI is offering two projects this year: http://ow.ly/QmFz50FxMuR

In past years, these projects have included students which have an interest in protecting cultural heritage from diverse academic backgrounds including Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Biology, Computer Science, Emergency Management, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, and Religious Studies. SCRI VSFS interns develop skills in analytical writing, cultural diplomacy, coding, data analysis, research, survey design, and more!

#ApplyinJuly to learn more about and contribute to SCRI’s efforts to protect cultural heritage threatened or impacted by disasters!

#culturalheritage #smithsonian #virtualinternship
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U.S. citizen college students, #ApplyinJuly for virtual internships with the federal government. Visit http://vsfs.state.gov/projects
to search the 950+ options. Then apply through http://usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/605879700

Now available on YouTube!Ask a Conservator: Emergency ManagementSenior Conservator, Nora Lockshin and Senior Book Conser...
07/12/2021
Ask a Conservator: Emergency Management

Now available on YouTube!

Ask a Conservator: Emergency Management

Senior Conservator, Nora Lockshin and Senior Book Conservator, Katie Wagner from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives shared stories about cultural heritage protection, rescue, and recovery. They also discussed how they plan for and respond to collections emergencies at the Smithsonian and through their work with SCRI.

To view: https://youtu.be/AcqiYwlD8cw

#emergencyresponse #culturalheritagepreservation

In this "Ask a Conservator" program, Nora Lockshin, senior conservator, and Katie Wagner, senior book conservator, share how they plan for and respond to po...

Congratulations to ICCROM - conserving culture, promoting diversity, #ALIPHFoundation, and the Egyptian Heritage Rescue ...
07/12/2021

Congratulations to ICCROM - conserving culture, promoting diversity, #ALIPHFoundation, and the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation on the release of the Arabic translation of the Handbook and Toolkit for cultural heritage in times of crisis, a great resource for heritage stewards and emergency managers!

سعيًا لكسر حواجز اللغة وإتاحة المعرفة حين تشتد الحاجة إليها، يسر إيكروم، بفضل الدعم السخي من @ALIPHFoundation وبالتعاون مع Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation أن تعلن عن إصدار الترجمة العربية للدليل الإرشادي حول الإسعافات الأولية للتراث الثقافي في أوقات الأزمات، ومجموعة الأدوات التابعة له. يقدم هذا الدليل، الذي جاء نتيجة ما يقرب من عقد من الخبرة التي اكتسبتها إيكروم في هذا المجال، طريقة عملية ومجموعة من الأدوات "الجاهزة للاستخدام" لحماية التراث الثقافي المعرّض للخطر، سواء المادي أو غير المادي.
https://bit.ly/3dUhc6U

Conservation of Caribbean Culture: Training Future Conservators of Cultural Patrimony Public Session: Saving Your Family...
07/09/2021

Conservation of Caribbean Culture: Training Future Conservators of Cultural Patrimony
Public Session: Saving Your Family Treasures

SCRI was honored to participate in this program developed by the Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Carolina and the Smithsonian Affiliations with support from the Smithsonian Latino Center SCRI and the Alianza Cultural para Emergencias de Puerto Rico (ACEPR), a local heritage disaster response network that got its start while working with SCRI during the early recovery from the 2017 hurricanes, were invited to present a session for the public on Saving Your Family Treasures (Learn more about SYFT here: http://ow.ly/Z0FF50FrYdo).

SCRI and ACEPR discussed the importance of family heritage and then demonstrated how to handle, dry, and clean damaged objects. Presenters also shared tips on personal safety, setting priorities, and other preservation options. Learn more about the multi-day April 2021 program and other presentations by SCRI and ACEPR here: http://ow.ly/yFlq50FrYdn

Conservation of Caribbean Culture: Training Future Conservators of Cultural Patrimony
Public Session: Saving Your Family Treasures

SCRI was honored to participate in this program developed by the Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Carolina and the Smithsonian Affiliations with support from the Smithsonian Latino Center SCRI and the Alianza Cultural para Emergencias de Puerto Rico (ACEPR), a local heritage disaster response network that got its start while working with SCRI during the early recovery from the 2017 hurricanes, were invited to present a session for the public on Saving Your Family Treasures (Learn more about SYFT here: http://ow.ly/Z0FF50FrYdo).

SCRI and ACEPR discussed the importance of family heritage and then demonstrated how to handle, dry, and clean damaged objects. Presenters also shared tips on personal safety, setting priorities, and other preservation options. Learn more about the multi-day April 2021 program and other presentations by SCRI and ACEPR here: http://ow.ly/yFlq50FrYdn

Interested in applying for a National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan grant?The NEA is hosting bi-weekly Q&A...
07/08/2021

Interested in applying for a National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan grant?

The NEA is hosting bi-weekly Q&A sessions in July and August about the application process. The next session is this Friday, 7/9!
Registration required: http://ow.ly/DAnc50FrY9f

Grant applications are due by 8/12. Learn more about American Rescue Plan grants via the link below.
#HeritageResources #HENTFMember

Apply Now for an American Rescue Plan Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies are encouraged to apply for this funding regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. Local arts agencies applications due 7/22/21. Nonprofit arts/culture organizations due 8/12/21.

Learn more about this funding opportunity at arts.gov/arp-grants. #ARPArts

Tropical Storm Elsa has been upgraded to Hurricane Elsa.  Cultural institutions monitoring the storm can find up-to-date...
07/02/2021

Tropical Storm Elsa has been upgraded to Hurricane Elsa. Cultural institutions monitoring the storm can find up-to-date information at NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center.

Consult the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (#HENTF) Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Cultural Institutions to make sure your institution is ready: http://ow.ly/uAAs50FnU98

Here are the Key Messages from NHC regarding Hurricane Elsa, issued at 11 a.m. AST Friday - www.hurricanes.gov

The inaugural #DCFloodWeek is underway in the city! The Department of Energy & Environment has been hosting informative ...
06/24/2021
Uncovering the History of the District's Buried Streams

The inaugural #DCFloodWeek is underway in the city! The Department of Energy & Environment has been hosting informative events covering flood risks that are common in the District (we are very prone to flash floods!) and the preventive barriers which mitigate those risks.

Another educational resource that has premiered is "Uncovering the History of the District's Buried Streams" a #StoryMap which is a online resource that combines archival maps, historical photos, and GIS data! Dive in to discover fun factoids about the city's waterways. Did you know the city had a "Foul Stream of Death" at one point? Can you name the next largest stream in the city, after Rock Creek? Find out here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/collections/89f7b328f7c0403e99a4ad2aec7395b5

Visualizing the disappearance of streams in the District of Columbia

“That fierce dedication to human knowledge, that determination to keep cultural patrimony alive for future generations, ...
06/24/2021
This American Monk Travels the World to Rescue Ancient Documents From Oblivion

“That fierce dedication to human knowledge, that determination to keep cultural patrimony alive for future generations, has characterized every place he’s worked across the world.” – Joshua Hammer, A Mission for Father Stewart

Executive Director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, Father Columba Stewart’s dedication to the digital preservation of at-risk historic manuscripts has taken him around the world. Smithsonian Magazine looks at his partnerships and projects with libraries and collections in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/zLLp50Fgdx5

#culturalheritage #heritagepreservation
Smithsonian Magazine
HMML Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

Father Columba Stewart has visited sites from Kathmandu to Timbuktu in his mission to safeguard precious manuscripts that tell humanity's story

TONIGHT! Join Senior Conservator, Nora Lockshin and Senior Book Conservator, Katie Wagner from Smithsonian Libraries and...
06/23/2021

TONIGHT! Join Senior Conservator, Nora Lockshin and Senior Book Conservator, Katie Wagner from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for discussion on how they plan for and respond to collections emergencies at the Smithsonian and through their work with SCRI.

Registration required. This event will be made available on YouTube.

#emergencyresponse #culturalheritagepreservation

🗓️ In just two days, we'll explore emergency management of cultural heritage collections!

In our next online event on June 23rd at 5 pm ET, our conservators will explain how they respond to disasters, in our spaces and through Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative efforts.

Details ➡️ https://s.si.edu/3inVefr

Session Three of the Leadership Workshop: Using Digital Resources in Cultural Heritage Leadership:  A conservation with ...
06/22/2021

Session Three of the Leadership Workshop: Using Digital Resources in Cultural Heritage Leadership: A conservation with Gül Pulhan from the Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) Project. One of the project’s objectives is to increase the professional and technical capacity of those working in the fields of archaeology and cultural heritage by means of online courses and workshops.

For details: https://www.saratprojesi.com/en

#culturalheritage #museums #heritage #HeritageIsHope
SARAT Projesi, The British Institute at Ankara, Prince Claus Fund

Session Three of the Leadership Workshop: Using Digital Resources in Cultural Heritage Leadership: A conservation with Gül Pulhan from the Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) Project. One of the project’s objectives is to increase the professional and technical capacity of those working in the fields of archaeology and cultural heritage by means of online courses and workshops.

For details: https://www.saratprojesi.com/en

#culturalheritage #museums #heritage #HeritageIsHope
SARAT Projesi, The British Institute at Ankara, Prince Claus Fund

Session Two of the Leadership Workshop:  Developing and Sustaining Networks: A discussion with Emmett Duffy, Director of...
06/21/2021

Session Two of the Leadership Workshop: Developing and Sustaining Networks: A discussion with Emmett Duffy, Director of Smithsonian Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, Marine Global Earth Observatory program (MarineGEO). Much like cultural heritage, the ocean is something we all share. The discussion focused on network development and the benefits of collaboration.

For details: http://ow.ly/2HQw50FbOWr.

#culturalheritage #museums #HeritageIsHope #naturalheritage
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, MarineGEO, Prince Claus Fund

Session Two of the Leadership Workshop: Developing and Sustaining Networks: A discussion with Emmett Duffy, Director of Smithsonian Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, Marine Global Earth Observatory program (MarineGEO). Much like cultural heritage, the ocean is something we all share. The discussion focused on network development and the benefits of collaboration.

For details: http://ow.ly/2HQw50FbOWr.

#culturalheritage #museums #HeritageIsHope #naturalheritage
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, MarineGEO, Prince Claus Fund

Session One of the Leadership Workshop: Crisis Management and Planning: A conversation with Lejla Hadžić and Elena Maman...
06/18/2021

Session One of the Leadership Workshop: Crisis Management and Planning: A conversation with Lejla Hadžić and Elena Mamani from Cultural Heritage without Borders, Albania. They presented on the organization’s mission and how they implemented emergency interventions for affected cultural sites after the 2019 earthquake in Durres, Albania and how relationships forged before the disaster helped them to succeed.

For details: http://ow.ly/Lozr50FbPAP

#culturalheritage #disasters #museums #heritagepark #HeritageIsHope

CHwB Albania, U.S. Department of State, Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, Embassy of Sweden in Tirana, U.S. Embassy-Tirana, World Monuments Fund, Prince Claus Fund

Session One of the Leadership Workshop: Crisis Management and Planning: A conversation with Lejla Hadžić and Elena Mamani from Cultural Heritage without Borders, Albania. They presented on the organization’s mission and how they implemented emergency interventions for affected cultural sites after the 2019 earthquake in Durres, Albania and how relationships forged before the disaster helped them to succeed.

For details: http://ow.ly/Lozr50FbPAP

#culturalheritage #disasters #museums #heritagepark #HeritageIsHope

CHwB Albania, U.S. Department of State, Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, Embassy of Sweden in Tirana, U.S. Embassy-Tirana, World Monuments Fund, Prince Claus Fund

While so many things have been paused during the pandemic, disasters that impact cultural heritage have not.  Disasters ...
06/17/2021

While so many things have been paused during the pandemic, disasters that impact cultural heritage have not.

Disasters that threaten or damage cultural heritage put extra pressure on professionals--the curators, archivists, museum authorities, archaeologists, government officials, and others responsible for protecting our culture. Having multi-disciplinary and dynamic networks and a growing tool kit of leadership skills can make the difference in tackling challenges ahead. SCRI and the Prince Claus Fund have conducted a Leadership for Cultural Heritage Stewards in Challenging Circumstances for two years.

Last winter, alumni from the Leadership courses designed a professional development seminar to explore important questions in heritage rescue:

• How can we be most effective in crisis management and planning?
• What are the elements that create a successful global network?
• How do you develop an effective virtual training course for cultural heritage protection?

Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best: it’s a maxim because it works.

Watch this space for highlights from the seminar!

For details: http://ow.ly/XwKn50FbOyB
#culturalheritage #disasters #museums #HeritageIsHope
Prince Claus Fund

While so many things have been paused during the pandemic, disasters that impact cultural heritage have not.

Disasters that threaten or damage cultural heritage put extra pressure on professionals--the curators, archivists, museum authorities, archaeologists, government officials, and others responsible for protecting our culture. Having multi-disciplinary and dynamic networks and a growing tool kit of leadership skills can make the difference in tackling challenges ahead. SCRI and the Prince Claus Fund have conducted a Leadership for Cultural Heritage Stewards in Challenging Circumstances for two years.

Last winter, alumni from the Leadership courses designed a professional development seminar to explore important questions in heritage rescue:

• How can we be most effective in crisis management and planning?
• What are the elements that create a successful global network?
• How do you develop an effective virtual training course for cultural heritage protection?

Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best: it’s a maxim because it works.

Watch this space for highlights from the seminar!

For details: http://ow.ly/XwKn50FbOyB
#culturalheritage #disasters #museums #HeritageIsHope
Prince Claus Fund

SCRI Director, Cori Wegener joined Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management’s podcast Her...
06/11/2021
Heritage Unbounded: Protecting our Heritage During Crisis

SCRI Director, Cori Wegener joined Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management’s podcast Heritage Unbounded earlier this week to discuss SCRI’s work in the US and abroad.

The 21st century has seen an unprecedented threat to our global heritage—from natural disasters, extreme weather events, and climate change to military conflicts in some of our most sensitive areas of global heritage alongside the intentional targeting of cultural sites for destruction. During thi...

For all DC residents and business owners (that includes you too, museums!), check out the events DC Homeland Security & ...
06/10/2021

For all DC residents and business owners (that includes you too, museums!), check out the events DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and the Department of Energy & Environment have developed for #DCFloodWeek!

It's official! June 21 - 25 is District of Columbia Flood Awareness Week! Join us to learn more about flooding in the District - it happens more often than you think! Find out about your risk and how to be prepared!

RSVP Today: ready.dc.gov/floodweek

#DCFloodWeek

SCRI was honored to participate inConservation of Caribbean Culture: Training Future Conservators of Cultural PatrimonyA...
05/26/2021

SCRI was honored to participate in

Conservation of Caribbean Culture: Training Future Conservators of Cultural Patrimony

A program developed by the Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Carolina and the Smithsonian Affiliations Program with support from the Smithsonian Latino Center.

The overall goal of the five-day workshop was to engage university students with the world of conservation to encourage them to consider careers in conservation and museum leadership. SCRI led two of the five days by introducing participants to collections/cultural heritage emergencies, basic principles of response, and how the field fits with US domestic emergency management. SCRI presentations included members of the Alianza Cultural para Emergencias de Puerto Rico, a local response network that got its start while working with SCRI during the early recovery from the 2017 hurricanes.

Learn more about the program here: http://ow.ly/1EAK50EW5v7

SCRI was honored to participate in

Conservation of Caribbean Culture: Training Future Conservators of Cultural Patrimony

A program developed by the Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Carolina and the Smithsonian Affiliations Program with support from the Smithsonian Latino Center.

The overall goal of the five-day workshop was to engage university students with the world of conservation to encourage them to consider careers in conservation and museum leadership. SCRI led two of the five days by introducing participants to collections/cultural heritage emergencies, basic principles of response, and how the field fits with US domestic emergency management. SCRI presentations included members of the Alianza Cultural para Emergencias de Puerto Rico, a local response network that got its start while working with SCRI during the early recovery from the 2017 hurricanes.

Learn more about the program here: http://ow.ly/1EAK50EW5v7

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