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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CULTURAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

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ABOUT US

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. We honor these humble beginnings and pay tribute to the founder through the Robert B. Burke Award.

OUR MISSON

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 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.

OUR TEAM

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

Jeanne O'Toole

Jeanne O'Toole

Director

Office of Protection Services

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Douglas Hall

Douglas Hall

Deputy Director

Office of Protection Services

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Amy L. Marino

Amy L. Marino

Executive Officer

Office of the Provost

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Donna Taylor

Donna Taylor

Office Manager

Office of Protection Services

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Deirdre Walker

Deirdre Walker

Deputy Director of Operations

Office of Protection Services

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ADVISORY BOARD

Dennis Ahern

Dennis Ahern

Security Director

Christies UK

Russell C. Collett

Russell C. Collett

Vice President of Operations

The Art Institute of Chicago

Robert Combs

Robert Combs

Director of Security and Visitor Services

The J. Paul Getty Trust

Thomas Slade

Thomas Slade

Senior Security Director

American Museum of Natural History

Anne Van Camp

Anne Van Camp

Director

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Mark E. Wallace

Mark E. Wallace

Chief, Office of Protection Services

The National Gallery of Art

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