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National Convening

The National Convening took place on April 28, 2023, celebrating the culmination of Held in Trust. The Convening was held in Washington, DC, at the Library of Congress.

You can watch recording of the convening, which is 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



Read biographies of our speakers.



   1:00 pm
 Jacob Nadal
 Director for Preservation, Library of Congress
Land Acknowledgement

 1:05 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

 Sustainability, Environmental Equity, and the Role of Museums

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

The Need for Change
  3:20 pm

Coffee Break


 4:10 pm

 Brent Leggs

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

 Inspiring Collaboration and Mobilizing Communities: Preserving the Landmarks of African American History
  4:30 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

 The Humanities and Conservation: A Crucial Partnership

 4:40 pm

Suzanne Davis

 Associate Curator of Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, AIC Board President   Let Me Tell You a Story: Community Partnerships & Storytelling in Conservation

 4:50 pm

Brian Vallo

Former Governor, Pueblo of Acoma

 Accountability and Collaboration: Native American Representation in Museums


Jeanelle Austin

Executive Director and Co-founder, George Floyd Global Memorial

 Starting with Culture in Cultural Heritage Preservation
   5:30 pm
Pamela Hatchfield
Held in Trust Project Coordinator  
  5:45 pm
 Peter Trippi  FAIC Board President