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A significant challenge for cultural heritage sites is that they have generally been excluded from formal disaster preparation planning efforts. Learn about the Smithsonian’s role in elevating consideration of cultural heritage as a new component in disaster planning.

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Death of History

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This informational exhibit made of ten panels was displayed in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda, in Washington, D.C. Read the panels and learn about data regarding the threatened and destroyed cultural heritage within Iraq and Syria.

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Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property

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In the crossfire of war, one of the most difficult challenges is how to protect cultural heritage. The Protect and Preserve Cultural Property Act, which includes the Smithsonian and other US government agencies, is a recent effort to provide legislative guidance to help preserve cultural legacies for future generations.

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