Rediscovering a Legacy: Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Archive by Doris A. Hamburg on September 4th is the first in a series of five lectures and screenings I recently curated for the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
I hope you’ll all take a look at the wealth of material available on the related website as well as potentially attending some of the upcoming events.
I’ll post additional details and announcements about the other programs as they become available.
Upcoming Exhibit and Public Lecture
Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage
September 4, 2015 to November 15, 2015
Startling evidence of what was a vibrant, thriving Jewish community in Iraq came to light in May 2003 when a U.S. Army team discovered over 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents in the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters. The Library is the only west coast venue chosen to host the traveling version of this exhibition, which features dozens of ancient treasures, restored and preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Recovering a Legacy: Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Archive
September 4, 2015
The Nixon Library will offer programming in conjunction with the exhibit. The first program is a free public lecture on Friday, September 4 at 10 am with Doris A. Hamburg, the National Archives Preservation Director who traveled to Baghdad and led the efforts to save these unique treasures. Ms. Hamburg, will provide a first-hand account about the National Archives’ efforts conserve and make available these materials and their historical significance. Attendees of the lecture will receive a two for one coupon to visit our presidential museum including Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage .
More About Doris A. Hamburg
As Director of Preservation Programs at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) since 2001, Doris A. Hamburg leads preservation efforts for permanent federal paper, photographic, audio, video, film records and artifacts held at the nation’s 28 archives and Presidential Libraries across the country. Prior to 2001 she held several conservation leadership positions at the Library of Congress. Ms. Hamburg holds an A.B. in medieval studies from Mount Holyoke College, M.A. in art history from Columbia University and M.S. with Certificates in Conservation of Art and Historic Artifacts and in Museum Studies from University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum Art Conservation Program.
Friday, September 4, 2015 10 am to 11:30 am
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886