Who Takes Care Of Our Cultural Heritage?

Second year graduate student Becca Goodman at Buffalo State College Art Conservation Department. Photo Courtesy of Bruce Fox/ AIC. AIC provides conservation fellowships to recent graduates.

Second year graduate student Becca Goodman at Buffalo State College Art Conservation Department. Photo Courtesy of Bruce Fox/ AIC. AIC provides conservation fellowships to recent graduates.

As an art lover you know that important treasures from the past help us to understand and celebrate our common history as well as our identity. By preserving our monuments - varying from the Statue of Liberty to the Declaration of Independence - conservators help to protect our heritage for future generations.

Take our Statue of Liberty for example: a symbol of enlightenment which carries profound meaning to Americans whose forefathers came to the US in search of freedom and a better life.

Did you know the statue had been restored in the 1980’s? Among others, the torch was recovered with thin sheets of 24k gold. Read more here at the Liberty Ellis Foundation and the website of the National Park Service.

For over 40 years, the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) has supported education, research and outreach in the area of conservation, the latter because it’s not always clear to the general public, even to art collectors, how important the role of conservators is in protecting our cultural heritage. It’s possible to support the AIC’s efforts by making a donation online or by planned giving.