Registration is now LIVE for Chicago’s Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum sponsored by FAIC! This event is open and FREE to any cultural heritage professional. Registration will close on June 15. See details below:


On June 29, 2022, the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC), Chicago History Museum, and a local planning committee will convene an Alliance for Response (AFR) Kick-off Forum at the Chicago History Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

The goal of AFR is to help communities more effectively protect cultural and historic resources in the event of floods, hurricanes, fires, and other disasters by bringing cultural heritage and emergency management professionals together to network and learn from each other. Participants will include professionals from museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites, as well as neighborhood first responders, key state and local emergency managers, and civic leaders.


  •  initiate an ongoing dialogue between cultural heritage professionals, emergency managers, and first responders;
  •  raise awareness of the need to protect cultural and historic resources within communities;
  •  encourage disaster planning and training at archives, historic sites, libraries, and museums;
  •  develop strong networks among these institutions to improve local response to emergencies.

Presentation Topics:

  •  When the Going Gets Tough: Federal Response for Cultural Heritage (Lori Foley)
  •  How the Chicago History Museum Prepares for and Responds to Collections Emergencies (Julie Katz, Carol Turchan)
  •  Collaborating for Water Triage Response at the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum (Josephine Lee, Erin Murphy)
  •  Response and Recovery to a 2018 Mold Outbreak in Special Collections Storage at the Northwestern University Libraries (Tonia Grafakos)
  •  Cross-Sector Collaboration: Best Practices for Cultural Institutions (Tom Henkey)

The Forum will convene a broad and diverse array of colleagues at both cultural organizations and regional emergency management organizations.