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The National Conference on Cultural Property Protection 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. What started as a uniquely Smithsonian event now annually unites participants from museums and cultural properties around the nation and the world.  

 The Smithsonian’s heritage preservation is a core strength with exemplary skills in security, facilities construction and management, risk assessment, and collections stewardship. 

Through easily accessible presentations, group panels, interviews, and Q&A’s, NCCPP will teach the strategies you need to turn challenges into opportunities during a time of crisis. 

 The 2021 NCCPP will be a virtual event due to COVID-19. This site will be updated with more information or you can join our mailing list to receive updates in your inbox.   

 A volunteer board of directors provides oversight and ideas for the conference. The Director of the Smithsonian Institutions Office of Protection Services serves as chair. 

Advisory Board

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Dennis Ahern

Director of Security for the Royal College of Art (RCA)

Royal College of Art
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Robert Combs

Director of Security and Visitor Services

The J. Paul Getty Trust
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Thomas Slade

Senior Security Director

American Museum of Natural History
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Mark E. Wallace

Chief, Office of Protection Services

The National Gallery of Art
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Doug Beaver

Director of Security

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Our Smithsonian Team

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Douglas Hall

Acting Under Secretary for Finance and Administration

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Donna Taylor

Office Manager Office of Protection Services

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Mike Reese

Acting Director of Operations Office of Protection Services


Looking for More Information?

If you have a question or comment, please contact us using the information below.

National Conference on Cultural Property Protection
P.O. Box 37012
Capital Gallery Suite 4100 | MRC 504
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Phone: (202) 633-5650

Email: natconf@si.edu
Web: https://natconf.si.edu/
Twitter: @ProtectMuseums

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