April 2021

Mosul Museum Cultural Rescovery Project

April 2020

USVI Legislative Records Recovery Project:

October 2019

We are thrilled to announce today’s signing at Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) (“USACAPOC(A)”) to protect and preserve cultural property in armed conflict. This significant step forward will enable us to train and support new personnel, a group of cultural heritage specialists, adding important capacity to the force. This agreement will continue the legacy of the WWII Monuments Men and Women who served in the Army Civil Affairs Division to save many of Europe’s cultural treasures.

For more information about this program:

March 2019

SCRI is heading to the Mid-West!

Strategies for Post-Disaster Community Engagement workshop
Cultural institutions can provide important information to communities to preserve their possessions as they regain access to their homes and businesses. The Smithsonian Institution will provide a short briefing about its Saving Your Family Treasures program, then representatives from other Nebraska institutions are invited to share any programs currently under way and discuss strategies for working together.

Saving Your Family Treasures
These workshops will include a formal presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. Smithsonian experts will demonstrate how to handle, dry and clean damaged objects and share tips on personal safety, prioritization and preservation options.

For more information about this workshops:

November 2018

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative announces the publication of an innovative resource on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis. The Handbook and Toolkit is the outcome of nearly a decade of field experience gained by ICCROM, and a close partnership among ICCROM , The Prince Claus Fund, and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative.

Download the Handbook and Toolkit.

January 2018

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative announced a $1 million gift from Bank of America at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gift, presented to Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and Board of Regents Chair David Rubenstein by Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan, is the largest corporate donation to the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, and establishes Bank of America as the program’s lead corporate sponsor.

Read the press release here.

Selected News Coverage of Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative Projects

FEMA News Release 2018 Oct 30

HEART 2019 intern announcement
PDF copy of the HEART 2019 internship announcement

HENTF Archive 2020 internship
PDF of HENTF Archive internship announcement