View of Trinidad from Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. Photograph taken by Ned Rinalducci

Using Librarian Research Skills to Track Down Museums

Jenna Rinalducci, George Mason University As part of George Mason University’s graduate certificate in Digital Public Humanities, I am currently working as a virtual intern for the Smithsonian Institution’s Cultural Heritage Rescue Initiative. I am also the Arts & Architecture Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and until last year I served[…]

Picture taken from Harvard University, Tell Beydar,

Syrian Cultural Heritage Inventory: Researching Tell Beydar

By Charlotte Watiez, George Washington University My name is Charlotte Watiez and I am currently a Virtual Student Federal Services intern, working with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative for the 2017-2018 academic year. Since early September, I have been able to work on the Syrian Cultural Heritage Inventory. Each intern was assigned a data set[…]

- Tell Hariri Satellite Image from November 2014, with evidence of looting. 
Image ©DigitalGlobe | U.S. Department of State, NextView License | Analysis AAAS.

VSFS Intern Spotlight: Syrian Cultural Heritage Inventory

By Christina Fossa, Boston University Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative Virtual Student Federal Service Intern, 2017 I am currently an intern for the Virtual Student Federal Services internship program for the academic year of 2017-2018. This internship, so far, has allowed me to contribute by working on the Syrian Cultural Heritage Inventory. I have been assigned a section[…]

Marina Rothberg on site at Beth She'an in southern Israel.

Summer at the CHC

I have been interested in the preservation of antiquities and objects of cultural heritage for years but the recent events in the Middle East, particularly regarding ISIS in Syria, have made me more impassioned and given me a great sense of urgency. After three summers of excavation in a burial ground in Southern Israel, my[…]


Post-Conflict Construction of Memory and Heritage: Studying the Maya Caste War in Tihosuco, Mexico

By Richard Leventhal, Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center Cultural heritage and conflict are linked together in unexpected ways. My own work as an archaeologist with modern Maya communities has helped understand both the connection of heritage, conflict and development as well as the critical importance of these relationships for the future survival[…]


Conflict Culture Research Network Launch Event

  By Grace Golden, Administrative Coordinator for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center On Thursday, June 23, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery hosted a screening of the documentary “The Destruction of Memory” as a kickoff event for the Conflict Culture Research Network. The event began with opening statements from Karima Bennoune, the UN Special Rapporteur in the[…]


Announcing the Conflict Culture Research Network

By Brian I. Daniels, Richard M. Leventhal, Corine Wegener, and Susan Wolfinbarger Why is cultural heritage targeted during conflict? Under what circumstances? By whom? Cultural heritage represents the physical manifestation of culture and history and forms a major component of a people’s identity. We know that it is often targeted or destroyed during periods of[…]