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 to disasters involving cultural heritage. We partner with the network of federal agencies, foreign governments, and domestic and international organizations already working in this field. Be sure to check out our introductory video at https://culturalrescue.si.edu/.

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#HeritageResources Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is accepting applications for Recordings at Risk ...
11/13/2020

#HeritageResources Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is accepting applications for Recordings at Risk awards. Grants will fund preservation reformatting of “at-risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value.
Deadline to apply is January 29, 2021: http://ow.ly/PrIP50CjZmh
Learn more at CLIR’s November 18 informational webinar: http://ow.ly/c6dh50CjXQS
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation #FundingOpportunity

We're now accepting applications for Recordings at Risk awards! Join us for an applicant webinar November 18. Learn more at https://www.clir.org/recordings-at-risk/applicant-resources/

TOMORROW at 1:00 pm ET! Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART) 2019 grad Jared Yax, Firefighter and Collection...
11/09/2020
Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists

TOMORROW at 1:00 pm ET! Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART) 2019 grad Jared Yax, Firefighter and Collections Curator at Tri-Cities Historical Museum will be on ARCS #ARCSchat for a panel discussion on fire preparation. #collectionsemergency
http://ow.ly/tSLY50CfYvW

The Mission of ARCS is to represent and promote Registrars and Collections Specialists, nationally and internationally, to educate them in the professional b...

Last month, SCRI participated in the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection 21st Annual Conference.  ...
11/06/2020
IFCPP Annual Conference — the international summit for cultural property protection professionals & management certification training

Last month, SCRI participated in the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection 21st Annual Conference. In her presentation, Building Resilience for Museums Facing Armed Conflict, #SCRI Director Cori Wegener discussed insights gained in the pursuit of improving protection for cultural heritage during armed conflict.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force Coordinator Lori Foley presented how #HENTF, a public-private partnership co-led by FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and Smithsonian, aids impacted cultural institutions following a disaster.
http://ow.ly/qnAk50CdSw3

10/28/2020
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Celebrate the World Day for AudioVisual Heritage by learning about the pressing need for preserving sound and image heritage and through it, the cultural record of 20th and 21st centuries.
Tomorrow at 11:00-12:15 CET
Registration Required: http://ow.ly/14r750C5o9T

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#AudiovisualHeritageDay #MemoryOfTheWorld #Archives #CulturalHeritage #IntangibleCulturalHeritage

On this World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: See. Listen. Share.

Learn more about what you can do to unlock the potential of your sound + image collection this Thursday during our webinar: https://bit.ly/3201JfN

And for more on #AudiovisualHeritage, explore our activities and projects:

SOIMA- Sound and Image Collections Conservation https://bit.ly/37LTGa2
AV Recordings in our Archive https://bit.ly/3oyrTzw

#AudiovisualHeritageDay #MemoryOfTheWorld #SOIMA #Archives

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10/26/2020

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🚨There's still time to apply to the International Course on Rethinking Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage Collections.

Announcement and course details can be found here ➡️ https://bit.ly/31pesrJ

10/23/2020
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Regional Course on Cultural Heritage First Aid, Peace and Resilience in Times of Crisis for cultural or civil service professionals in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan (#MENAP) region. Apply by Nov 15!

Amid the current pandemic, many cultural heritage institutions are also vulnerable to other hazard events, from fires and floods, to looting and conflict. These complex, overlapping scenarios require a new approach and a broadened scope.

This new course brings together our CollAsia and First Aid and Resilience in Times of Crises programmes, blending online learning with hands-on practice. If you are a heritage professional from Asia-Pacific or another risk prone region, apply for this one-of-a-kind opportunity!

For more info: https://bit.ly/32eu0zB

#culturecannotwait
#heritageintimesofcovid

Virginia Museum of Natural History
10/22/2020

Virginia Museum of Natural History

On Saturday, Assistant Curator of Archaeology Dr. Hayden Bassett provided cultural heritage training to a US Army Reserve unit deploying to East Africa. Dr. Bassett is one of a handful of professionals involved in the revitalization of the Army’s “Monuments Men.” Popularized by the 2014 movie of the same name, this WWII unit sought to identify and protect fine arts, monuments, historic buildings, artifacts, and archaeological sites from armed conflict in both European and Pacific theaters. This included the creation of detailed maps to avoid damage to important heritage sites, the stabilization of historic buildings, as well as the recovery and restitution of artwork.

Today, the mission of the Monuments Men, now called Army Monuments Officers, has changed to keep up with the collateral and intentional destruction of cultural heritage in modern warfare, and the equally damaging effects of natural disasters. Since late 2019, Dr. Bassett and other archaeologists, curators, art historians, and architectural historians have been assisting the US Army and the Smithsonian in rebuilding this Army unit of heritage professionals, which will advise or deploy in response to threats to cultural heritage in areas of military operation.

As a former archaeologist for the Department of Defense himself, and with time spent engaging in archaeological fieldwork in East Africa, Dr. Bassett was asked to provide training to Army officers deploying to the region. On Saturday, from the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, he conducted virtual training for uniformed men and women on how to recognize, avoid, and protect historic sites, monuments, artifacts, and other cultural heritage while deployed to East Africa. Fundamental to his instruction was training to enable Army officers to recognize archaeological sites, modern intangible heritage, and significant cultural practices while on the ground. The goal of the training was simple: do no harm, and uphold the U.S.’s responsibilities to the 1954 Hague Convention, which prohibits the destruction of cultural heritage in armed conflict. Dr. Bassett provided this training alongside Col. Scott DeJesse (US Army Reserve, USACAPOC), Corine Wegener (Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative), and Capt. William Welsh (US Army Reserve, 412 th CA Battalion).

Over the next few years, Dr. Bassett and the Virginia Museum of Natural History will be working closely with the US Army Reserve and the Smithsonian in supporting these efforts to protect cultural heritage from armed conflict and natural disaster. Stay tuned for more to come.

10/08/2020
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Asia-Pacific region cultural professionals: ICCROM - conserving culture, promoting diversity Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. International Council of Museums - ICOM and the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea are offering a course that blends content from their #CollAsia and First Aid programs. Apply here by 16 Oct 2020: http://ow.ly/Dft750BNxfI

Amid the current pandemic, many cultural heritage institutions are also vulnerable to other hazard events, from fires and floods, to looting and conflict. These complex, overlapping scenarios require a new approach and a broadened scope.

This new course brings together our CollAsia and First Aid and Resilience in Times of Crises programmes, blending online learning with hands-on practice. If you are a heritage professional from Asia-Pacific or another risk prone region, apply for this one-of-a-kind opportunity!

For more info: https://bit.ly/32eu0zB

#culturecannotwait
#heritageintimesofcovid

10/07/2020
Zooming In: Leveraging GIS and Linked Data to Protect Cultural Heritage at Home, Across the U.S., and Around the Globe : Cliff Landis, Nana Kaneko, Lori Foley, Christine Wiseman : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

In August, Lori Foley, Coordinator of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (#HENTF) @FEMA and #SCRI’s own Dr. Nana Kaneko, Program Manager for Cultural Disaster Analysis and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow presented two case studies that highlight how we are using GIS and linked open data to map cultural organizations at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020: Creating Our Future. Watch the session recording to learn more about these innovative projects.

#SAA20 #SAA2020

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This is a presentation given at the ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020 conference from August 5-8, 2020 (https://www2.archivists.org/am2020).Zooming In: Leveraging GIS and...

10/01/2020
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Look who’s turning 50! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)! Especially to our colleagues at NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center whom we rely on to alert cultural stewards of hurricane threats. #50YearsOfNOAA #NOAAat50 U.S. National Weather Service (NWS)

Did you hear? We’re marking 50 years of #NOAA later this week, on October 3! Take a look at where we started and where we’re headed to take on the next 50 years ...

For more about our big milestone, head over to noaa.gov/50-years.

(Captioned video at https://youtu.be/AK2OMflZUIg & https://www.noaa.gov/heritage/video/video-noaas-50th-anniversary-our-birthday-story)

09/30/2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

SCRI is excited to share and continue the work of #MonumentsWoman and Metmuseum curator #EdithStanden.

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#MonumentsMenandWomen #MonumentsMen #USArmy #ArmyReserves #MonumentsOfficers #culturalheritage #ReinventingMonumentsMenAndWomen #WWIIArt

Before she was a Met curator, #EdithStanden was a member of the U.S. Military's Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division—better known today as the #MonumentsMen, who rescued and restituted artworks stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

🎧 Hear her story and others in the new #MakingTheMet audio guide—narrated by #SteveMartin.

Listen anywhere ⤵
http://met.org/MTMAudioGuide

Lori Foley FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and Cori Wegener SCRI, co-chairs of the Heritage Emergency National ...
09/29/2020
American Alliance of Museums

Lori Foley FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and Cori Wegener SCRI, co-chairs of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a public-private partnership of more than 60 organizations that work together to protect the nation’s cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies, are deeply grateful to colleagues Marta Mabel Pérez, director of Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; Steve Pine, decorative arts conservator at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Ben Haavik, team leader for property care of 37 historic house museums and landscapes for Historic New England, for their timely contributions to this article published in American Alliance of Museums Alliance Blog.
For more tips: https://tinyurl.com/y9s5tynh

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#HurricanePreparedness #Hurricane #disasterrelief #culturalheritage #disasterpreparedness #museums #libraries #archives #historichomes #hentf

"COVID-19 has added a new layer of complexity to the time-consuming process of hurricane preparedness: protecting the health of all involved."

Read from the @SmithsonianCRI's Heritage Emergency National Taskforce #HENTF on how Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Historic New England—each in different stages of reopening—are safely approaching hurricane preparedness now, and planning for the future: https://www.aam-us.org/2020/09/23/eye-of-the-storm-how-do-museums-prepare-for-hurricanes-during-a-pandemic/

We hope you were able to join our workshop at the Smithsonian Affiliations conference yesterday! Want to learn more abou...
09/25/2020

We hope you were able to join our workshop at the Smithsonian Affiliations conference yesterday! Want to learn more about our Saving Your Family Treasures program? Visit our website for additional resources and recorded demonstration by our experts on how to handle, dry, and clean damaged personal keepsakes, using materials available at local hardware and convenience stores: https://culturalrescue.si.edu/hentf/resources/resources-public-and-historic-property-owners/

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09/21/2020
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Now on YouTube: http://ow.ly/a8qV50BwVgW

Just in case you couldn’t join us last week as we celebrated the inaugural training of the next generation of Monuments Men and Women, “Reinventing the Monuments Men and Women for the 21st-Century Force” is now available on YouTube! The program featured a preeminent panel of military and museum experts in discussion about the new Army Monuments Officers Training program that was inspired by the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives teams WWII.

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#MonumentsMenandWomen #MonumentsMen #WWII #USArmy #ArmyReserves #MonumentsOfficers #conservation #culturalheritage #GeorgeStout #ReinventingMonumentsMenAndWomen #WWIIArt

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

TOMORROW! Have you registered for “Reinventing the Monuments Men & Women for the 21st-Century Force," on Wednesday, Sept...
09/15/2020

TOMORROW! Have you registered for “Reinventing the Monuments Men & Women for the 21st-Century Force," on Wednesday, September 16, at 11:00 AM ET?

Registration is required: http://ow.ly/kQau50Be26f

This event will kick off Phase I online training of the first cohort of cultural heritage expert personnel who were selected for the Army Monuments Officer Training. Phase II is scheduled to take place in 2021 at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
During this event, you will hear some of the 21st-century Monuments Men and Women talk about why they chose to carry forward the important legacy of the Monuments Men and Women of WWII .

Credit: Cori Wegener

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#MonumentsMenandWomen #MonumentsMen #WWII #USArmy #Military #Army #ArmyReserves #MonumentsOfficers #artconservation #conservation #culturalheritage #conflictheritage #ReinventingMonumentsMenAndWomen

COMING SOON! #SCRI's live kick-off event, “Reinventing the Monuments Men & Women for the 21st-Century Force," on Wednesd...
09/14/2020

COMING SOON! #SCRI's live kick-off event, “Reinventing the Monuments Men & Women for the 21st-Century Force," on Wednesday, September 16, at 11:00 AM ET!

Registration is required: http://ow.ly/kQau50Be26f

Among the expert speakers is Dr. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large. During his time at the Smithsonian, he directed the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, directed the institutions national programs, served as acting director of several museums, and for a decade was the Smithsonian’s undersecretary overseeing all of its museums, research centers and educational programs. Kurin served on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and helped draft an international treaty, now ratified by 170 nations, to safeguard living cultural heritage. He also led efforts to save heritage in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and has overseen projects for saving heritage endangered by natural disaster in Nepal and the U.S., and by human conflict in Mali, Egypt, Iraq and Syria.

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#MonumentsMenandWomen #MonumentsMen #WWII #USArmy #MonumentsOfficers #conservation #culturalheritage #conflictheritage #ReinventingMonumentsMenAndWomen

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