Every day, the vision of artists, the identity of peoples, and the very existence of history all threaten to disappear. Left alone, old buildings will crumble. The Declaration of Independence will disintegrate. The photographed faces of battle-weary Civil War soldiers will fade away…
Preserving this cultural material is of paramount importance, but it still presents complex challenges to our society. Conservation professionals are those who embrace these challenges with passion, commitment and dedication. By melding art with science, conservation professionals protect our heritage, preserve our legacy, and ultimately, save our treasures for generations to come.
Future generations should not be deprived of knowing and understanding their history, because priceless artifacts were allowed to fall into disrepair.
The American Institute for Conservation
of Historic & Artistic Works
1156 15th Street NW, Ste. 320
Washington, DC 20005