April 22, 2014
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Building a Museum
National Museum of African American History and Culture


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Note: We will not host a multi-day conference event in 2014.

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 will present the story of the museum. They will discuss its origins and history as well as the theme of the museum. They will explain 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. They and others will discuss how these security challenges, and other issues more common to cultural property protection, were incorporated into the design of the museum.
Please join us for this unique presentation that combines the history of America with the challenges of cultural property protection.

Join us on April 22