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Sam Snell

Collections Management Specialist, Smithsonian National Collections Program

Samantha Snell is the Collections Management Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Collections Program (NCP). In this position, she works to improve Smithsonian-wide collections emergency management and collections management professional development training, as well as to support other priority pan-Institutional collections initiatives. She is the chair of the Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE), the first central collections emergency response team for the Smithsonian. Prior to joining NCP in 2016, Sam had a 15-year career at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s (NASM) collections department. During her tenure at NASM, she worked on numerous projects that spanned various units within the Museum, including documentation, transportation, handling, and installation of artifacts at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the American Institute for Conservation Emergency Committee, C2C Care Outreach Advisory Group, and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force.


12:00 to 12:10pm

Welcoming Remarks by Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III

12:10pm to 12:40pm

Communities of Collaboration – Similarities Far Outweigh the Differences Matthew S. Miller

12:05 to 1:00pm

Art Crimes Timothy S. Carpenter

12:55 to 1:30pm

Déjà vu Delta…Reopening Strategies 2.0 Douglas Beaver

1:15 to 2:10pm

Promoting Exhibit Access and Safety: A Collaborative Approach to Collections Care Sam Snell Jeffrey Hirsch Cali Martin

1:30 to 2:25pm

Social Unrest – The Insurrection, January 6, 2021 Robert J. Contee III Robert Glover Jeffery Carroll

2:25 to 2:55pm

Learning from Climate Change, from Hurricane Harvey to Winter Storm Uri Sheryl Kolasinski

2:40 to 3:20pm

A Hybrid Security Model for Equity in Visitor Experience Jamie Gibbons Austin Sharpe Nick Haddon

2:55 to 3:25pm

Surviving Civil Unrest Ramey J. Kyle

3:35 to 4:25pm

Year in Review Robert (Bob) Combs

3:35 to 3:55pm

Shifting the Focus: Emphasizing Safety in Customer Service Trainings During COVID-19 Vanessa Herndon Andrea Lowther Tiffany Spriggs

3:55 to 4:20pm

Back to School – University Campus Safety Alignments with Cultural Protection Andrew Flagel

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