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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“NEH is pleased to provide $40 million to preserve thousands of jobs at museums, archives, historic sites, and colleges ...
09/24/2021
NEH Announces $40 million in CARES Act Grants

“NEH is pleased to provide $40 million to preserve thousands of jobs at museums, archives, historic sites, and colleges and universities that are vital to our nation’s cultural life and economy.”

The NEH CARES grants program has awarded $40.3 million to more than 300 cultural institutions across the US. Learn more about the organizations and programs funded by the grants here: http://ow.ly/jslH50Ge6XW

National Endowment for the Humanities
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Press Release NEH Announces $40 million in CARES Act Grants Emergency relief funding will preserve humanities jobs nationwide TwitterFacebook (June 22, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $40.3 million in new CARES Act economic stabilization gra...

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09/23/2021

Photos from Smithsonian Global's post

What can you do to prepare for a hurricane in 3 days (72 hours)?#HENTF #HurricanePrep Tip: One of the awkward coincidenc...
09/23/2021

What can you do to prepare for a hurricane in 3 days (72 hours)?

#HENTF #HurricanePrep Tip: One of the awkward coincidences we experienced in this field? A #CollectionsEmergency happening on a late Friday afternoon. Check in with your disaster recovery vendors!

Need help with vendors? Check out this comprehensive list of resources from Connecting to Collections Care Online Community: http://ow.ly/rv4C50B1RQL

As part of this #preparedness campaign, we recommend checking in with your disaster recovery vendors and making sure that your agreements are up-to-date and in place. Maintaining a strong relationship with your vendor means you know what kind of help you can get even at the most challenging of times.

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
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What can you do to prepare for a hurricane in 3 days (72 hours)?

#HENTF #HurricanePrep Tip: One of the awkward coincidences we experienced in this field? A #CollectionsEmergency happening on a late Friday afternoon. Check in with your disaster recovery vendors!

Need help with vendors? Check out this comprehensive list of resources from Connecting to Collections Care Online Community: http://ow.ly/rv4C50B1RQL

As part of this #preparedness campaign, we recommend checking in with your disaster recovery vendors and making sure that your agreements are up-to-date and in place. Maintaining a strong relationship with your vendor means you know what kind of help you can get even at the most challenging of times.

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
#hurricanepreparedness #emergencymanagement #collections #culturalheritage

Now on YouTube! Last week Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch joined Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Cr...
09/22/2021
Conversations with Crosby: Sec. Lonnie Bunch on American Heritage, Culture, and the Humanities

Now on YouTube! Last week Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch joined Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Crosby Kemper for Conversations with Crosby to discuss the depth and diversity of American stories, what being a custodian of cultural heritage means today, and how museums and libraries can help strengthen the fabric of our communities at a critical point in the nation’s history.
http://ow.ly/pVxG50Ge5Gv #HENTFMember

IMLS Director Crosby Kemper welcomed the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Lonnie G. Bunch III, to discuss the depth and diversity of American s...

National Preparedness Month Week 3: Low-Cost, No-Cost PreparednessYour cultural institution has completed its collection...
09/22/2021

National Preparedness Month Week 3: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Your cultural institution has completed its collections emergency plan? Congratulations! But will it work when you need it most? A tabletop exercise (TTX) provides your staff with an opportunity to test the plan, practice communication and group problem-solving, and engage in discussion with your colleagues when the stakes are not high. The resulting suggestions and recommended actions can help improve your response and preparedness efforts.

The Library of Congress provides scenarios and discussion questions to challenge and enhance your collections emergency plan:https://www.loc.gov/preservation/emergprep/plan/scenariosII.pdf
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National Preparedness Month Week 3: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Your cultural institution has completed its collections emergency plan? Congratulations! But will it work when you need it most? A tabletop exercise (TTX) provides your staff with an opportunity to test the plan, practice communication and group problem-solving, and engage in discussion with your colleagues when the stakes are not high. The resulting suggestions and recommended actions can help improve your response and preparedness efforts.

The Library of Congress provides scenarios and discussion questions to challenge and enhance your collections emergency plan:https://www.loc.gov/preservation/emergprep/plan/scenariosII.pdf
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
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#HENTF #HENTFMember

What can you do to prepare for a hurricane in 2 weeks? #HENTF Tip: Look at your registration and collections records. Wi...
09/16/2021

What can you do to prepare for a hurricane in 2 weeks?

#HENTF Tip: Look at your registration and collections records. With your team, discuss backing up electronic records and store back-ups (and the equipment necessary to read them!) off-site or in the cloud. If possible, store these back-ups in a different geographic location that does not share the same hazard vulnerabilities as your organization. Want to know more about storing and protecting records? Check out @US National Archives’ Essential Records Guide: http://ow.ly/R9UL50B1RMQ

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

#collectionsemergency #hurricanepreparedness #HurricanePrep #hurricane #culturalheritage

What can you do to prepare for a hurricane in 2 weeks?

#HENTF Tip: Look at your registration and collections records. With your team, discuss backing up electronic records and store back-ups (and the equipment necessary to read them!) off-site or in the cloud. If possible, store these back-ups in a different geographic location that does not share the same hazard vulnerabilities as your organization. Want to know more about storing and protecting records? Check out @US National Archives’ Essential Records Guide: http://ow.ly/R9UL50B1RMQ

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

#collectionsemergency #hurricanepreparedness #HurricanePrep #hurricane #culturalheritage

National Preparedness Month Week 2: Building a Kit for Cultural InstitutionsIs your institution’s emergency kit ready? T...
09/15/2021

National Preparedness Month Week 2: Building a Kit for Cultural Institutions

Is your institution’s emergency kit ready? The Heritage Emergency National Task Force #HENTF has resources to help you build, assess, and improve your kit (scroll down to the “Emergency Carts” section): http://ow.ly/mE5i50Gayd6

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
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National Preparedness Month Week 2: Building a Kit for Cultural Institutions

Is your institution’s emergency kit ready? The Heritage Emergency National Task Force #HENTF has resources to help you build, assess, and improve your kit (scroll down to the “Emergency Carts” section): http://ow.ly/mE5i50Gayd6

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
Ready

09/13/2021
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Many things changed on September 11. Today, we share a part of history not generally known but important to the people who preserve heritage and the communities who benefit from it. "Cataclysm and Challenge" was a seminal report that examined the impact of that day on the nation’s cultural heritage. The report was developed by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and dozens of staff members from cultural institutions in Lower Manhattan, many of whom were still coping with recovery after the tragedy. Supporting survivors of any disaster, from 9/11 to hurricanes to floods to tornadoes, requires empathy, compassion, and respect. It is a humbling experience, but more importantly, it is a testament to the strength and determination of disaster survivors to rise above tragedy and hardship. Twenty years on, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force continues this work together with the heritage and arts community.

http://ow.ly/FWno50G98l9

National Preparedness Month Week 1: Making A Plan for Cultural InstitutionsDoes your cultural institution have a disaste...
09/08/2021

National Preparedness Month Week 1: Making A Plan for Cultural Institutions

Does your cultural institution have a disaster plan? The Heritage Emergency National Task Force #HENTF offers tools and resources to help your institution begin planning and preparing today: http://ow.ly/TJRo50G6tyu

For those recovering from a disaster – and those preparing emergency plans, information about disaster declarations and how they work is here: http://ow.ly/Lhlz50G6tyt

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Ready

National Preparedness Month Week 1: Making A Plan for Cultural Institutions

Does your cultural institution have a disaster plan? The Heritage Emergency National Task Force #HENTF offers tools and resources to help your institution begin planning and preparing today: http://ow.ly/TJRo50G6tyu

For those recovering from a disaster – and those preparing emergency plans, information about disaster declarations and how they work is here: http://ow.ly/Lhlz50G6tyt

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Ready

September is National Preparedness Month! Follow along as each week we share tips and resources to help cultural institu...
09/07/2021

September is National Preparedness Month!

Follow along as each week we share tips and resources to help cultural institutions prepare for natural disasters and emergency situations.

For those presently recovering from a disaster we will call out resources that will be helpful now.

#HENTF #CulturalHeritage #Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month!

Follow along as each week we share tips and resources to help cultural institutions prepare for natural disasters and emergency situations.

For those presently recovering from a disaster we will call out resources that will be helpful now.

#HENTF #CulturalHeritage #Preparedness

Cultural property protection is an increasingly important issue within the military. Various national armies are looking...
09/03/2021
Cultural Property Protection. Military perspectives on the protection of cultural heritage from the Netherlands, France and the UK

Cultural property protection is an increasingly important issue within the military. Various national armies are looking to find methods to incorporate culture and cultural heritage into their practices with the purpose to prevent damage and destruction, both deliberate and collateral.

Join Icomos Nederland next Wednesday 9/8 for their online program Cultural Property Protection: Military Perspectives on the Protection of Cultural Heritage from the Netherlands, France and the UK: http://ow.ly/DqBQ50G3X94

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You are kindly invited to join the upcoming online ICOMOS-Lecture on Wednesday September 8th. The topic of this evening will be ‘Cultural Property Protection: Military perspectives on the protection of cultural heritage from the Netherlands and the UK’. From Palmyra to Timbuktu, we see that the ...

09/03/2021

National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response’s Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief is designed to help artists, cultural workers, arts organizations, and businesses by helping them decide if/when to pursue federal disaster support and clarifying what resources are available.

Available to read or download here: http://ow.ly/HZx150G3P9G

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Saving Your Family Treasures: Help for Water-Soaked HeirloomsDuring times when homes are damaged by storms and flooding,...
09/01/2021
Saving Your Family Treasures Facebook Live Workshop

Saving Your Family Treasures: Help for Water-Soaked Heirlooms

During times when homes are damaged by storms and flooding, our personal history found in photos, books, quilts, and other items becomes even more cherished. Before you consider throwing out water-soaked family heirlooms, we invite you to view a recording of our Saving Your Family Treasures demonstration to learn about emergency salvage techniques.

Our experts provide simple stabilization advice and demonstrate how to handle, dry, and clean damaged personal keepsakes using materials accessible at local hardware or convenience stores. They also offer tips on personal safety, setting priorities, options for future treatment, and general preparedness.

More information is available at the links below:
◼️ HENTF Save Your Family Treasures: http://ow.ly/5GjQ50G2v3h
◼️ HENTF Response and Recovery Resources: http://ow.ly/CnHZ50G2v3k
◼️ Find a conservator: http://ow.ly/v4DC50G2v3j
◼️ FEMA After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures: http://ow.ly/FmMi50G2v3i
◼️ FEMA Returning Home After a Flood: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/returning-home-after-flood
◼️ CDC information on personal protective equipment: https://bit.ly/3aJ9R5G

#HENTF #SaveYourFamilyTreasures

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Library of Congress, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Alliance of Museums, American Library Association, American Institute for Conservation, American Association for State and Local History, Americans for the Arts, International Association of Emergency Managers, Society of American Archivists

When homes are damaged by storms and lives upended, irreplaceable possessions such as family heirlooms, photos, and other keepsakes become more cherished. Ev...

Our thoughts are with the people and first responders on the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Ida. While the humanitaria...
09/01/2021
Resources | Smithsonian Institution Cultural Rescue Initiative

Our thoughts are with the people and first responders on the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Ida. While the humanitarian response is the first priority, we would like to offer our Heritage Emergency National Task Force (#HENTF) resource page to those cultural institutions who need information on how to stabilize their collections. https://culturalrescue.si.edu/hentf/resources/

A wealth of information exists online and by phone to help cultural stewards and the public prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from disasters, large and small. The resources furnished here by no means constitute a definitive list and are limited to offerings by federal agencies an...

Tropical Storm Ida is forecast to approach the northern Gulf coast at or near major hurricane intensity this Sunday. Cul...
08/27/2021

Tropical Storm Ida is forecast to approach the northern Gulf coast at or near major hurricane intensity this Sunday. Cultural institutions monitoring the storm can find up-to-date information on the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center website: http://ow.ly/kpFN50FZFef

Consult the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (#HENTF) Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Cultural Institutions to make sure your institution is ready: http://ow.ly/SRQb50FPgpr

Here are the Key Messages from NHC regarding Tropical Storm Ida, issued at 11 a.m. EDT Friday - www.hurricanes.gov

New Publication Opportunity! Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is accepting proposals for their new pu...
08/27/2021

New Publication Opportunity! Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is accepting proposals for their new publication series on topics reflecting current concerns in the information and cultural heritage community. Submissions are due September 27. Learn more: http://ow.ly/HwLy50FXjnh

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CLIR's CFP invites ideas on digital libraries, preservation, emerging tech, social & racial justice, labor, accessibility, sustainability, working with sensitive materials and marginalized groups, the climate crisis, and more! https://www.clir.org/new-publication-opportunity/

How do you prepare for a hurricane in 3–4 weeks? #HENTF Tip: American Institute for Conservation Risk Evaluation & Plann...
08/25/2021

How do you prepare for a hurricane in 3–4 weeks?

#HENTF Tip: American Institute for Conservation Risk Evaluation & Planning Program, developed by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, includes a walk-thru checklist to identify hazards, inside and out: http://ow.ly/xqwF50AWwMi

Used in conjunction with the risk prioritization worksheet, the walk-through checklist helps staff identify a variety of conditions that may make institutions more susceptible to internal and external hazards.

You can learn about how to use these tools by exploring the worksheet and checklist instructions, a collection of one-page documents that share tips on preparedness, provide ideas for simple mitigation measures, outline the basic contents of an emergency plan, and offer steps for getting started with planning efforts.

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
#collectionsemergency #HENTFMember #preparedness #emergencymanagement #HurricanePrep #HENTF #hurricane #culturalheritage

How do you prepare for a hurricane in 3–4 weeks?

#HENTF Tip: American Institute for Conservation Risk Evaluation & Planning Program, developed by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, includes a walk-thru checklist to identify hazards, inside and out: http://ow.ly/xqwF50AWwMi

Used in conjunction with the risk prioritization worksheet, the walk-through checklist helps staff identify a variety of conditions that may make institutions more susceptible to internal and external hazards.

You can learn about how to use these tools by exploring the worksheet and checklist instructions, a collection of one-page documents that share tips on preparedness, provide ideas for simple mitigation measures, outline the basic contents of an emergency plan, and offer steps for getting started with planning efforts.

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
#collectionsemergency #HENTFMember #preparedness #emergencymanagement #HurricanePrep #HENTF #hurricane #culturalheritage

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