The Smithsonian founded the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection 40 years ago. What started as a uniquely Smithsonian event now annually unites participants from museums and cultural properties around the nation and the world. Heritage preservation is our core strength with exemplary skills in security, facilities construction and management, risk assessment, and collections stewardship.
While we are still in the planning phase, we are pleased to announce the Art Institute of Chicago will host the 2017 National Conference on Cultural Property Protection. The Conference will again feature two days of presentation sessions, November 1-2, and an opportunity for hands-on, interactive workshops on November 3. As always, networking is emphasized throughout the day and at a special evening reception is anticipated.
We will continue to offer Web Only online access to a "members only" area for resources, archived presentations, and continued discussion and networking.
In 2016, approximately 150 guests represented all regions of the U.S., plus Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Qatar. In 2015, a similar number of US-based participants connected with participants from South Korea, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Viewers also tuned in online from as far as Belgium and Egypt.
Review the daily agenda for the 2016 conference
Learn about the experts who are speaking at the conference
We have secured discounted rates at several convenient hotels. Consider extending your stay to explore Chicago.
Are you an expert in your field? Share your expertise by leading an hour-long workshop. Proposals (required, up to 500 words) will be board-reviewed.
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Extend your conference experience through discussion forums, file sharing and webinars from past events
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