Latvia Posts English: Latvian experts have returned from work in Ukraine to digitize cultural heritage in wartime

Latvia Posts English: Latvian experts have returned from work in Ukraine to digitize cultural heritage in wartime. “The Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the Riga Technical University (RTU), has provided assistance to Ukraine in the preservation of cultural monuments. From June 6 to 16, Dr. UNCHCO expert, member of the board of SIA ‘ARCHItrāvs’ Dr. Bruno Deslandes, Associate Professor, Department of Geomatics, RTU Faculty of Civil Engineering Maris Kalinka and Kirill Gorovojs, PhD student at RTU Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (DITF).”

Canada NewsWire: New Government of Canada legislation to give Indigenous peoples a stronger voice and strengthen the protection and conservation of historic places in Canada (PRESS RELEASE)

Canada NewsWire: New Government of Canada legislation to give Indigenous peoples a stronger voice and strengthen the protection and conservation of historic places in Canada (PRESS RELEASE). “The proposed legislation creates three new positions on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) for First Nations, Métis and Inuit representatives, and improves integration of Indigenous history, heritage values, and memory practices into Canada’s national heritage and history.”

Fast Company: With glass buried under ice, Microsoft plans to preserve music for 10,000 years

Fast Company: With glass buried under ice, Microsoft plans to preserve music for 10,000 years. “As Microsoft has shifted an increasing amount of its business to the cloud, the company has been investigating more reliable, and information-dense, ways to store data than on hard drives…. One such solution the company has developed is going into testing with the Global Music Vault now. Dubbed Project Silica, you could oversimplify the technology as something akin to a glass hard drive that’s read like a CD. It’s a 3-by-3-inch platter that can hold 100GB of digital data, or roughly 20,000 songs, pretty much forever.”

ProPublica: She Warned the Grain Elevator Would Disrupt Sacred Black History. They Deleted Her Findings.

ProPublica: She Warned the Grain Elevator Would Disrupt Sacred Black History. They Deleted Her Findings.. “Experts in the field of cultural resource management say that companies sometimes look away from findings or are asked to change them to make their developer bosses happy. The field is now dominated by for-profit firms like Gulf South that developers hire to comply with the federal law. As a result, these firms can operate not as preservation gatekeepers but as lock-pickers for private industry intent on development.”

Stanford News: Stanford student fights for Ukraine’s history, truth in Russia’s disinformation warfare

Stanford News: Stanford student fights for Ukraine’s history, truth in Russia’s disinformation warfare. “Barely a week after Russia invaded Ukraine, Catarina Buchatskiy packed her bags in her Stanford dorm room to go help. As she planned her trip, she wondered how to best prepare for life in a warzone: Would her red backpack make her a target? What shoes would be better for running in, in case she needs to sprint for shelter? Since March 5, 2022, Buchatskiy, who has taken a leave of absence from her studies, has been crossing from Poland into Lviv in Western Ukraine to mobilize supplies that would help museums and other cultural institutions safeguard Ukrainian heritage from destruction.”

US Department of State: State Department Launches New Partnership with Google Arts & Culture to Preserve Cultural Heritage

US Department of State: State Department Launches New Partnership with Google Arts & Culture to Preserve Cultural Heritage. “Have you ever wanted to explore a cultural heritage site in another country, but didn’t know where to start? Now, there’s a platform for that! On World Heritage Day, we invite you to join the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center for a virtual exploration of our heritage preservation projects at sites around the world…. Launching for the first time on Google Arts & Culture, the Cultural Heritage Center is sharing examples from over 1,100 Ambassadors Fund projects in 130+ countries.”

Deutsche Welle: The network protecting Ukraine’s cultural heritage

Deutsche Welle: The network protecting Ukraine’s cultural heritage. “In March, Claudia Roth, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, launched the Network for the Protection of Cultural Property in Ukraine together with the German Foreign Office. The aim is to better protect cultural treasures, gather information and coordinate aid measures. Much of the work will be done from Germany, with ICOM [International Council of Museums] Germany serving as the central contact point.”

Rossland News: Grand Forks man building archive of neighbourhood lost to flood

Rossland News: Grand Forks man building archive of neighbourhood lost to flood. This is Grand Forks, British Columbia, not North Dakota. “A Grand Forks man is compiling a digital archive of North Ruckle in a bid to preserve the flood-ravaged neighbourhood’s history. Les Johnson, an accomplished videographer and active member of the Boundary Historical Society, said he started the project in the spring of 2021, roughly six months before demolition started at neighbourhood homes in the way of the North Ruckle Dike.”

Associated Press: Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

Associated Press: Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation. “A new effort to preserve historic Black churches in the United States has received a $20 million donation that will go to help congregations including one that was slammed during the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Mayfield, Kentucky, last month. Lilly Endowment Inc., which supports religious, educational and charitable causes, contributed the money to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund as seed funding for the Preserving Black Churches Project, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which launched the fund.”

UC Santa Cruz: Grant supports project to digitize, preserve materials at Biblioteca Amazónica

UC Santa Cruz: Grant supports project to digitize, preserve materials at Biblioteca Amazónica. “In 2011, Amanda M. Smith, assistant professor of literature at UC Santa Cruz, was regularly haunting the stacks of the Biblioteca Amazónica, an archive located in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, as she researched what would become her first book, Mapping the Amazon: Literary Geography after the Rubber Boom (Liverpool University Press, 2021). And during one of her visits, the librarian Julio Ramírez beckoned her to a room at the back of the building.”

Pennsylvania Pressroom: The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Awards More Than $2 Million In Grants To Museums, Historical Organizations, Local Governments And Academic Institutions

Pennsylvania Pressroom: The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Awards More Than $2 Million In Grants To Museums, Historical Organizations, Local Governments And Academic Institutions. “The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded almost $2 million in Cultural and Historical Support Grants to 154 eligible museums and official county historical societies from 56 Pennsylvania counties. In addition, PHMC awarded more than $175,000 in Historical and Archival Records Care (HARC) Grants to 34 organizations in 24 Pennsylvania counties.”

Government of Canada: Library and Archives Canada announces First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations receiving funding through the Listen, Hear our Voices initiative

Government of Canada: Library and Archives Canada announces First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations receiving funding through the Listen, Hear our Voices initiative. “Nineteen (19) Indigenous organizations across the country received funding to digitize and make accessible their existing audio and video heritage for future generations as part of the initiative’s second call for applications, which closed in December 2020. An Indigenous review committee, external to LAC, and consisting of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation individuals from across Canada reviewed applications and made the following recommendations for funding.”

Jersey Digs: As Construction Boom Continues, Social Media Influencers are Becoming Preservationists

So, so good, from a source new to me. Jersey Digs: As Construction Boom Continues, Social Media Influencers are Becoming Preservationists. “Most people know Keith Taillon as the Instagrammer that is trying to walk every block of Manhattan. Impressive — but that’s hardly the driving force behind his popular social media page. The Harlem resident is trying to salvage the history of his city before it is lost to the construction boom.”