Note: We will not host a multi-day conference event in 2014.
Information on future conferences and events will be shared when confirmed.
The Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), is under construction and scheduled to open in 2016.
The new museum, the Smithsonian’s 19th, will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. Although, the mission and vision of the museum is one of education and history, the theme brings with it some unique security challenges.
On April 22, the Deputy Director of NMAAHC, Kinshasha Holman Conwill presented the story of the museum. She discussed its origins and history as well as the theme of the museum. She explained how this theme can be considered controversial by some and how this presented security challenges to design and construction as well as the future operation of the museum. Kinshasha and others discussed how these security challenges, and other issues more common to cultural property protection, were incorporated into the design of the museum.
We hope you enjoyed this unique presentation that combines the history of America with the challenges of cultural property protection.