July 2019

Announcing a fall/winter 2019 internship opportunity at the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative!

Our team is seeking an intern with an interest in understanding (1) how cultural heritage is protected in the event of a disaster, and (2) the wider domestic emergency management structure and functions. The internship will involve assisting with the preparation of the week-long Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART) program, which is a professional training course centered on the improvement of cultural heritage and emergency management professionals’ ability to respond to a disaster involving heritage collections. This program is done in collaboration with the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF).

Guided and supervised by Smithsonian staff in Washington D.C., the intern will learn about all facets of preparation and execution of the 2019 HEART program. The intern will be responsible for:

  1. Processing applications to the program, vetting them according to specific criteria, and making recommendations to the review committee;
  2. Working with selected teachers and assisting with training topic development;
  3. Developing guidelines and communicating with participants about certain training prerequisites;
  4. Writing various communication briefings about the course for multiple audiences (e.g., blog posts, memos, executive summaries) and for distribution on various platforms (e.g. printed reports, social media, and online); and
  5. Assisting the SCRI Training Program Manager and Project Associate during the training with daily operations and logistics.

More information is listed in the internship annoucement (pdf).

Applications are due at midnight on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Applicants must register and apply through the Smithsonian's SOLAA system. Once registered, search for the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative - Training Program Internship and apply!

May 2019

The First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis course deadline has been extended! Would you like to ensure effective disaster risk management for cultural heritage and help to build resilience in your own context? First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) 2019 offers a unique opportunity to learn and practice. The course is open to disaster risk management specialists, emergency responders, humanitarian aid and cultural heritage professionals and military personnel. Application deadline is June 21, 2019. For the application form and further details, click here.

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.

Friday, March 29
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
History Nebraska
Gilmore Room
131 Centennial Mall N
Lincoln, NE 68508

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.

Friday, March 29
2:00 p.m.— 3:30 p.m
University of Nebraska Lincoln State Museum
Morrill Hall, room 126
645 North 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0338

For more information about this workshop, click here:

Saturday, March 30
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Keene Memorial Library
1030 N Broad St
Fremont, NE 68025

For more information about this workshop, click here:

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Durham Museum
Room TBD
801 S 10th St
Omaha, NE 68108

Sunday, March 31
2:00 p.m.— 3:30 p.m.
University of Nebraska Lincoln State Museum
Morrill Hall, room 126
645 North 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0338

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