7th Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit:
Preserving Our Heritage and Protecting Our Health
Hybrid in-person/virtual event on October 27, 2023.
The Washington Conservation Guild, the Potomac Section of the AIHA, the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management, and the Smithsonian National Collections Program will once again collaborate with the Lunder Conservation Center to host a Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit in 2023.
List of Presentations
Case Study: Preservation of Historically Significant and Critical Retention Scientific Journals; Mold Remediation During COVID – Two Emergencies Collide. John A. Engel; Katie Wagner, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives book conservator.
Cellulose Nitrate Film: Risks and Appropriate Methods for Handling and Storage. Sara Montanez, Fire Protection Engineer, Smithsonian Office of Safety, Health, and Environmental Management.
The National Park Service New Risk Assessment Tool & Virtual Museum Fire Protection Training Series. Joan Bacharach, Senior Curator, National Park Service, Museum Management Program.
Safety Practices for Outdoor Sculptures at Smithsonian American Art Museum; Balancing Safety and Engagement in the Display of Michael Heizer’s Collapse, 1967/2016. Dorothy Cheng, Objects Conservator, Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery; Austin Anderson, Assistant Conservator, Glenstone Museum.
Lightning Round - Providing Reliable Resources on Emergency Planning to Heritage Institutions: The AIC Emergency Committee Wiki and Zotero Library; Collections-Based Hazards Flipbook: An Update; Hazards of the Job: How the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum Plans to Mitigate Hazardous Materials in their Collection.
No! We Can’t Expect the Apes and Elephants to use Fire Extinguishers! A Wildland Urban Interface Assessment of the National Zoological Park – Rock Creek Campus. Elliot M. Paisner II, Intern, Smithsonian Office of Safety, Health, and Environmental Management.
Safeguarding India’s Heritage: Integrating Nano-Biopesticides and Traditional Methods for Sustainable Pest Control in Cultural Heritage Institutions. Fatma Faheem Department of Museology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
Detecting Pesticide Residues in books at the Walters Art Museum: A Cross-departmental Strategy. Annette S. Ortiz Miranda Ph.D.; Kathleen Hardin.
List of SAAM In-person Tours
In-person attendees can sign up for one of the following tours when they pick up their badge:
SAAM Highlights: Museum folks always have their “favorite” works in the collection, even when they don’t want to admit it. Join one of SAAM’s docents to explore some of the most iconic and favored works at the museum; you’ll find a new favorite in the process (Limit 15)
Beyond Landscapes: The landscape is an important part of the American experience and artists have chosen to depict it and our relationship to it in a variety of ways. Together, we’ll discover a little bit of this variety by looking at everything from 18th century portraits to contemporary abstract sculpture. (Limit 15)
Picturing America: “America” can encompass a wide range of ideas, images, and experiences which will we uncover together by examining an array of artworks that offer varied pictures of the United States and its peoples. (Limit 15)
Artists and Social Change: How do artists harness their visual vocabulary to reflect and promote social change? What social issues have been important to artists and what change have they advocated for? We’ll examine works from across the collection to find some of the answers to those questions. (Limit 15)
2020 Summit (only day 1 available online)