AIC's 50th Annual Meeting

Reflecting on the Past, Imagining the Future

Live Stream May 13 - 17, 2022

Welcome to AIC’s 50th Annual Meeting!

The American Institute for Conservation hosts annual conferences to bring together conservation and preservation professionals and their allies to further our collective knowledge and skills in support of our mission to preserve and protect cultural heritage. We are a membership association that welcomes professionals from around the world to learn and connect through publications, events, and personal interactions.  

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of our incorporation. The field of cultural heritage preservation has grown immeasurably since 1972, with the introduction of new treatment methodologies, analytical techniques, and conservation materials. During this time span, the nature of the objects and sites we deal with has changed and our philosophies surrounding their care have necessarily evolved. We also must acknowledge that we are facing increasingly global issues such as climate change, social justice, and mass displacement and migration of peoples, all requiring new approaches and collaborations with other fields and stakeholder communities.  

As we celebrate and reflect on AIC’s first fifty years, we’ve invited introspective and innovative contributions to examine with modern eyes the history of field, its practice, and practitioners; address concerns we are facing now; and explore and imagine our next half century. We’re glad you’re helping us meet the future!  

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