Objects are tangible displays that connect the human experience over time and space. They represent our history, our present identity and our hopes for the future. Unfortunately many cultural objects are cared for in a way that may not properly preserve them for future generations. Academic studies have demonstrated a pressing need for better care and conservation of our nation’s treasures. This need also extends far beyond museum walls and includes family heirloom pieces that may be at risk. Dr. Holly Cusack-McVeigh will talk about ways to better care for family collections like historic photographs, paintings, vintage clothing, antique furniture and other heirlooms.
Dr. Cusack-McVeigh is a Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University. She also holds an appointment as a Public Scholar of Collections and Community Curation. Her research and publications focus on issues of repatriation, cultural heritage, art crime, museology, and community collaboration. This research is based on many years of working with Alaska Native communities and tribes throughout the continental United States and Canada. She is also currently working on collaborative projects with Indigenous communities and tribal museums in New Zealand, Peru and South Africa.
We would like to thank the IUPUI Speakers Bureau and the Department of Museum Studies for providing this engaging program at no cost to the library.