Conservation at the Crossroads
The 1970s and 1980s were a time of tremendous growth for cultural heritage conservation in the United States. Today, however, the challenges to conservation have risen to match the new efforts of recent decades. Late last year, in an unusual multidisciplinary gathering, experts in conservation management from a variety of institutions met at the Getty Conservation Institute to explore a collective approach to common problems. While not every concern was shared by all, there was remarkable unanimity on where the priority for action lay—increasing public support for conservation's work.
Pushing the Conservation Agenda: A Conversation with Lawrence Reger
The President of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property talks about the beginnings of federal support for the arts and about his involvement in making conservation part of the national cultural agenda.
When Disaster Strikes: A National Response
In recent years, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires have inflicted billions of dollars in damage on communities in the United States. Cultural institutions and historic structures have suffered as well. Until now attempts by conservation and preservation organizations to help in these crises have been almost entirely ad hoc. Now, however, these groups are developing the components of a national emergency infrastructure so that future emergencies, wherever they occur, can be met with a focused response.
The Footprints at Laetoli
When the fossil footprints of an extinct human ancestor were discovered in 1978 at Laetoli in Tanzania, scientific and public attention was immense. In addition to being the most ancient traces yet found of humanity's ancestors, the footprints contributed important evidence to one of the great debates regarding human evolution. Unfortunately, since its discovery the Laetoli trackway has been threatened by vegetation and erosion. In response, the GCI and the government of Tanzania have launched a series of field campaigns in an effort to protect this unique site.
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