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National Convening

Please plan on joining us for the National Convening on April 28, 2023, to celebrate the culmination of Held in Trust! The Convening will take place in Washington, DC, at the Library of Congress. Due to seating capacity, the live event is by invitation, but the full program will be livestreamed via the Library's YouTube channel so as many conservation, preservation, and allied professionals as possible may attend.

The Convening will be an exciting way to discuss the findings of the project, suggest future directions for the field, and outline the vision of a thriving, equitable, and just community of practice everyone has helped us create. If you'll be joining us on the livestream, RSVP below:



The National Convening, Held in Trust: Transforming Cultural Heritage Conservation for a More Resilient Future, will take place from 1:00 to 5:30 pm ET on April 28, 2023.

Additional program information will be added shortly. Speaker biographies are also available.




 1:00 pm

Peter Trippi 

 FAIC Board President

 1:10 pm

Dr. Carla Hayden

Librarian of Congress, Library of Congress

1:30 pm

Shelly Lowe

Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities

1:50 pm

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

AIC and FAIC Executive Director

2:00 pm

Pamela Hatchfield

Held in Trust Project Coordinator

2:15 pm

Neil Barclay

President and Chief Executive Officer, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

2:30 pm


Cheyenne Caraway, UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage;
Héctor Berdecía-Hernández, Director-General, Centro de Conservación y Restauración de Puerto Rico (CENCOR);
Dr. Alicia McGeachy, Associate Research Scientist, The Metropolitan Museum of Art;
Moriah Ulinskas, Audiovisual Archivist and PhD Candidate in Public History, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Moderator: Anisha Gupta, Conservator and PhD Candidate, University of Delaware

3:20 pm

Coffee Break


 3:55 pm

 Brent Leggs

 Executive Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, National Trust for Historic Preservation

4:15 pm 

Tatiana Ausema and Briann Greenfield

Senior Program Officer, Office of Challenge Programs, and Director, Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities

 4:25 pm

Suzanne Davis

 Associate Curator of Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, AIC Board President 

 4:35 pm

Brian Vallo

Former Governor, Pueblo of Acoma

4:50 pm

Jeanelle Austin

Executive Director and Co-founder, George Floyd Global Memorial

 5:15 pm
Pamela Hatchfield
Held in Trust Project Coordinator
5:30 pm
 Peter Trippi  FAIC Board President