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Course Details

April 24th, 2013
Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian Libraries is committed to the preservation, safe exhibition and long-term access to its collections, many of which are irreplaceable. The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to host this event in conjunction with the American Library Association’s National Preservation Week (April 21-27).

From superstorms to blizzards to tornados to wildfires, America has frequently shuddered under the onslaught of natural disasters. “Why Preserving History Matters” against the threat of catastrophe will be the focus of the keynote lecture byNew York Times and internationally bestselling author Steve Berry, who returns April 24, 2013 as  national spokesperson for the American Library Association’s Second Annual National Preservation Week.

A devoted student of history, Berry and his wife, Elizabeth, founded History Matters (external link), a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the preservation of the fragile reminders of our past. Since then, they have traveled the world raising much-needed funds for a wide range of historic preservation projects. In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Mr. Berry noted, “What are we losing when that [on being told of the rapid loss of our historical record] happens? We’re losing windows to the past, thoughts to the past and ideas to the past, and that really affected me.”

Free and open to the public, the lectures and share fair will feature presentations and discussions on disaster response, pest management and archives preservation by preservation specialists, conservators and librarians from federal and local organizations.

Course Format: On Site
Address: Smithsonian Institution S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Ave. SW (Entrance is between the Smithsonian Castle and the Freer Gallery of Art)
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Audience Category: General Public
Level: Beginner
Instructor(s): Steve Berry, Jeanne Drewes, Renate Mesmer, Steven Galbraith, Tuke Klemmt, Vanessa Haight Smith, Jane Long, Lisa Isbell, Sarah Stauderman, Nora Lockshin, and Rosemary Fallon
Maximum Attendees:  
Cost Range: Free
Provider: National Preservation Week
Sponsored by: The Smithsonian

Course website (external link)

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