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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CULTURAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CULTURAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION

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.

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 U.S.-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.

Your session ideas, proposals, and hot topics are always welcome. Share your thoughts by email or in online conversation at our website: https://natconf.si.edu.

NCCPP's Update on COVID-19

In light of the current global pandemic, the in-person National Conference on Cultural Property Protection is being postponed until 2021.

We have made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 in-person conference in Los Angeles, California. This decision is based on protecting the health and safety of attendees, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, hotel workers, and the communities to which each would have been returning. As we cannot predict when it will be safe to gather in large numbers again, the NCCPP will be postponed until 2021 in hopes that we will have more stability worldwide.

NCCPP will look to offer a series of online webinars.
While the in-person event is postponed, we know that NCCPP offers information vital to our work. We will offer webinars that feature the same great speakers and discussions, and a chance to learn from other museum and cultural property security teams, from the safety of your own screen. We hope this will also allow more people, who may have been unable to attend the physical conference, to now engage as full participants.

Stay tuned for more details on our virtual event in the coming weeks.

Thanks to the countless people who have already contributed to the content and planning of this even. We look forward to seeing you in person in 2021 and online sometime in the fall.

We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time and look forward to connecting with you soon.

OUR HISTORY

The Conference began as an idea of Robert B. Burke, founder and first director of the Office of Protection Services at the Smithsonian Institution.

In 1977, just 20 people from the Smithsonian gathered for the inaugural Conference. Now, three decades later, the Conference unites participants from large and small cultural organizations across the United States and abroad.

OUR MISSION

Our roots are in security. The National Conference on Cultural Property Protection offers insight and proven solutions for new and seasoned professionals in the field of cultural property protection.

Our programming has evolved as the industry has expanded, embracing collaboration and an interdisciplinary focus on cultural heritage protection and preservation. We are always looking for new ways to meet your educational needs.

THE SMITHSONIAN

The Smithsonian is the founder and driver of the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection. Heritage preservation is our core strength with exemplary skills in security, facilities construction and management, and collections stewardship.

A volunteer board of directors provides oversight and ideas for the Conference. The director of the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Protection Services serves as chair.

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