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President's FY 2012 Budget Proposes Cuts to Collections Preservation Programs
The President’s FY 2012 Budget includes severe financial cuts to numerous programs that support the conservation of the collections that comprise the nation’s cultural heritage.  These cuts include the proposed elimination of Save America’s Treasures for the 2nd consecutive year, as well as critical cuts to the budgets of the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.  To read more on these proposals, or for information about how you can reach out to your Congressional representatives, click here.

Lori Foley is New Vice President for Emergency Programs 
Heritage Preservation welcomes Lori Foley, Director of Preservation Services at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), as the new Vice President for Emergency Programs.  Foley succeeds Jane Long, who is leaving Heritage Preservation after almost 20 years to become Preservation Program Officer at the National Archives and Records Administration. Foley will coordinate the activities of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 41 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of disasters and will also lead the national Alliance for Response project.  To read more about Lori and Jane, click here.

Heritage Preservation Develops Maintenance Plans for National Cemetery Monuments 
Heritage Preservation is currently working with Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to develop annual maintenance plans for 80 historic monuments that have undergone conservation treatment in the last year. This project follows Heritage Preservation’s coordination of assessments of 161 historic monuments in 64 VA owned cemeteries and soldier’s lots across the country. The maintenance plans will include developing guidelines and forms for regular inspection to be conducted by cemetery staff. In addition, it will provide specific reporting instructions should a monument experience damage due to catastrophic events or vandalism. Heritage Preservation and a team of advisors will consider the needs of all the historic monuments under NCA’s care in recommending cyclical maintenance schedules and activities to be undertaken by a conservator. Finally, Heritage Preservation will develop a curriculum to train cemetery staff about monument materials and how to conduct routine inspections, perform basic maintenance tasks, and document incidents.

Photo Caption: The recently treated Pennsylvania Monument in Salisbury National Cemetery (Salisbury, NC) will need to be regularly inspected to watch for signs of wear.   Left: Photo taken when monument was assessed in 2009 by Daedalus, Inc.  Right: Photo taken when treatment was completed in 2010 by Conservation Solutions, Inc.

Save the Date: Heritage Preservation's 2011 Annual Meeting
Save the Date for Heritage Preservation’s 2011 Annual Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  Refreshments will be served at 3:30 pm, followed by the meeting program at 4:00 pm.    More information will be posted on www.heritagepreservation.org/am/index.html in the months ahead.  If you are not a Heritage Preservation member and would like to be added to a mailing list for information on the meeting, email Lauren Hunley.

"Conducting General Conservation Assessments" Workshop Announced
As part of AIC's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, the FAIC and Heritage Preservation are presenting a pre-meeting workshop on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, on conducting general conservation assessments. If you are a conservator or historic preservationist who has considered performing general conservation assessments but need advice on best practices, please plan on attending this all-day workshop. Conservators Wendy Jessup and Mary Jo Davis, architect Michael Emrick, and museum professional Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko will provide morning lectures on best practices for conducting general assessments of small and mid-sized museums. The afternoon portion will involve a mini-assessment of a small museum near the conference hotel, with guidance from the four presenters.  The workshop fee is $139. For information on registration for the workshop, visit AIC's website at www.conservation-us.org or call 202-661-8063. 

Joyce Hill Stoner Receives 2011 Award
Heritage Preservation is very pleased to announce that our long-standing friend and colleague, Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner, is the recipient of the 2011 College Art Association/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation.  Joyce is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture Studies, Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware.  Joyce will be saluted at the Heritage Preservation Annual Meeting on June 1st in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Click here for more information.

Photo Caption: Joyce Hill Stoner, recipient of the 2011 CAA/Heritage Preservation Award

Portland, Oregon Joins Alliance for Response Family
Heritage Preservation is happy to announce the addition of Portland Alliance for Response to the growing family of Alliance for Response networks nationwide. The "Building Bridges: Emergency Preparedness for Libraries, Archives, Cultural Institutions & First Responders" Forum was held on February 11, 2011, at the Performing Arts Center at Portland Community College. Speakers included officers from state and city first response agencies and focused on network building between the emergency management and cultural heritage communities. Steve Bullock from the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management said, " Great conference; good information shared, and a great way to find out what our other partners are doing."  Learn more about this new west coast network by visiting the Portland Alliance for Response web pages at: http://www.heritagepreservation.org/AfR/Portland.

Photo Caption: Presenters and organizers at the Portland Alliance for Response Forum

Connecting to Collections Webinar Recordings Now Available
Heritage Preservation, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), has produced a series of webinars based on the national initiative Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action.  Free of charge and geared to staff of museums, libraries, and archives who seek to enhance collections care at their institutions, these webinars were immensly popular with over 1300 individuals registered and approximately 250-400 attending each of the webinars.  If you missed them, it's not too late!  You can learn more about the sessions and view the recordings by clicking here.

Connecting to Collections will Launch Online Community 
This spring Heritage Preservation will launch the Connecting to Collections Online Community. This interactive Web site will continue the collaboration begun by the C2C Forums, Workshops, and Webinars and will help museums, libraries, and archives quickly locate current, reliable preservation information and make online resources available at the click of a button. It will be easy to join and follow and will include regular features on preservation topics and an opportunity to consult with colleagues. Look for more information to come soon.

2011 Conservation Assessement Program Application UpdateConservation Assessment Program
Heritage Preservation received 207 applications for the 2011 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). 102 of these applications were received via CAP's online application form, which was introduced in Fall 2010. Heritage Preservation will implement improvements to the online form throughout the spring and summer of 2011, in preparation for the release of a new version of the online application form for the 2012 program year. Check CAP's Web site at www.heritagepreservation.org/CAP this summer for more information about the 2012 CAP program.

Lincoln Exhibit Applications Available
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Constitution Center (NCC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is pleased to announce a large-scale tour for the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” Online applications will be accepted through May 5 at www.ala.org/civilwarprograms. Funding for the exhibition and tour is provided by a major grant from NEH.

Grant Roundup
IMLS21st Century Museum Professionals
Deadline:  March 15, 2011
IMLSNative American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services
Deadline: April 1, 2011
NEHPreservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline: May 3, 2011
NEHChallenge Grants
Deadline: May 4, 2011
NEHPreservation & Access Research & Development
Deadline: May 19, 2011
NEHPreservation & Access Education & Training
Deadline: July 1, 2011
NEHHumanities Collections & Reference Resources
Deadline: July 20, 2011




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