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Past Responses

Superstorm Sandy

NHR had volunteer conservators helping in New York, providing assistance and advice to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. On Nov. 4, 2012, MoMA and NHR hosted an informational seminar for artists and art owners. Sotheby's generously donated a Leadership Gift in support of NHR's activities, which allowed conservators to reach out further to arts communities.


Flooding in North Dakota

NHR had "boots on the ground" Friday, August 5, 2011 to assist the Ward County Historical Society in Minot, North Dakota. The call for volunteers went out on Tuesday afternoon.  By Thursday, we had an Incident Action Plan, a three-person team, and airline tickets, car rental, and hotel rooms booked. This is a real testament to the dedication of the team volunteers and to the maturing nature of the NHR.


Hurricane Ike

Within a few days after the storm, a local team member was able to make several trips to Galveston, perform assessments and make initial recommendations. Working on his recommendations, two further NHR teams were deployed. Those teams offered assessments, recommendations, hands-on recovery and a training clinic for materials salvage. The institutions served included the Ashton Villa, the1861 Custom House, the Rosenberg Library, the Moody Mansion, the Galveston Historical FoundationThe University of Texas Medical Branch, and the Lone Star Flight Museum.

Haiti Earthquake

FAIC joined the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS) to help recover cultural and historic artifacts damaged by the January 12, 2010 earthquakes in Haiti.

In early May, 2010, two NHR members joined Corine Wegener, President of USCBS, and engineers from the Smithsonian Institution to assess collections and to evaluate a building in Port-au-Prince for use as a conservation center.

Over the next 18 months, FAIC sent 31 conservators on 35 trips, totaling over 430 days, along with over $34,000 in supplies and materials.  Volunteers worked on iconic pieces, cleaned dust and mold from thousands of items in collections, and helped train Haitian specialists to continue the work.