Washington, DC — April 27, 2015 — Throughout its 33-year history, first as the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property and then under its current name, Heritage Preservation
has fulfilled its mission to preserve the nation’s heritage for future generations through innovative leadership and educational agendas. It has steadily advocated for the protection of cultural heritage by creating programs, publications, and easily accessed products that advance the field of conservation and serve the needs of allied preservation professions.
Heritage Preservation’s programs have been tested and proven. Hence, they are trusted and highly valued. Their loss would be severely felt throughout the cultural heritage community. Research undertaken over the past six months indicates that several synergies exist between the programs of the DC-based Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) and Heritage Preservation. For this reason, following the recent vote by Heritage Preservation members approving its dissolution as of June 30, 2015, several popular Heritage Preservation programs will transition to FAIC, thus ensuring their continuation.
Programs That Will Move to FAIC
FAIC will administer and lead three primary emergency planning, preparedness, and response programs currently offered by Heritage Preservation: Alliance for Response
), State Heritage Emergency Partnership
), and Risk Evaluation and Planning Program
). FAIC will also promote the annual MayDay
campaign in 2015 and into the future. Heritage Preservation’s plan to develop an app called the Disaster Assessment Reporting Tool
) is on hold until funding is obtained to develop a prototype.
Transfer of the Connecting to Collections (C2C) Online Community
program, and other activities related to the statewide preservation planning and implementation program developed and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with programmatic assistance from Heritage Preservation, began in December 2014, and has been fully implemented as C2C Care
FAIC is in the process of hiring additional programmatic and support staff, as well as part-time contractors, to ensure that former Heritage Preservation activities will thrive. Four key Heritage Preservation staff members will be retained, allowing uninterrupted access to their expertise.
What Does This Mean for AFR Networks?
The Alliance for Response initiative will continue as a priority under the new Emergency Programs umbrella at FAIC. Lori Foley will become FAIC’s Director of Emergency Programs, effective May 1, 2015. Joining her as Emergency Programs Coordinator will be Jessica Unger, whom many of you may remember as Lori’s former assistant. Katelin Lee, Lori’s current assistant, will move to AIC as the Meetings Associate.
Heritage Preservation has requested that the 2015–2016 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) be transferred to FAIC, also effective May 1. The work is proceeding as planned: we will pilot two county-based forums in the Capital District of Upstate New York and in the Mississippi tri-county area along the Gulf Coast; present six webinars to help new and existing network members organize, manage, and maintain robust cooperative disaster networks; and expand our ongoing cultural heritage educational outreach campaign to major emergency management and first response associations. We will continue to post blog entries and resources to the AFR website, and NEH funds will also enable us to further enhance the site’s capabilities and user interface.
Lori’s new email address will be email@example.com
. She will continue to work remotely from Massachusetts; her phone number will remain 781.259.8652. Jessica’s email will be firstname.lastname@example.org
, and her phone number will be 202.661.8069. Both Lori and Jessica look forward to working with each of you in the months ahead.
To learn more about the disposition of Heritage Preservation’s programs – including Heritage Health Information 2014, State Heritage Emergency Partnership, the Conservation Assessment Program, and Heritage Preservation’s joint awards – visit the websites of Heritage Preservation