Held in Trust

Held in Trust is a cooperative agreement between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC).


The Held in Trust Report examines the intersection of conservation and preservation with nine critical areas of study and outlines future actions for practitioners, funders, and professionals across the cultural heritage sector.



National Convening

The National Convening discussed the findings of the project, suggested future directions for the field, and outlined the vision of a thriving, equitable, and just community of practice everyone has helped us create.



Project Mission

The mission of Held in Trust is to evaluate the state of preservation & conservation of tangible & intangible cultural heritage in the United States. The project focuses on the intersection of conservation & preservation with nine critical areas of study.


Learn about how Held in Trust has inspired new projects in the cultural heritage sector, new collaborations, and growth for the conservation field.

Project Team

Held in Trust is supported by professionals within and outside the fields of preservation, including an Advisory Council, a Steering Committee, and Working Groups, led by project coordinator Pamela Hatchfield and assisted by Katelin Lee.


A More Perfect Union

Held in Trust aligns with the overall goals of A More Perfect Union, NEH’s vision for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A More Perfect Union is designed to demonstrate and enhance the critical role the humanities play in our nation, while also supporting projects that will help Americans commemorate the semiquincentennial.


Held in Trust is a cooperative agreement between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation and is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ A More Perfect Union initiative. Any views, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in project materials and findings do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.