The catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, killed more than 250,000 people, left over 1.5 million homeless and destroyed much of the nation’s infrastructure. It also devastated Haiti’s rich cultural heritage. Historic buildings, museums, libraries, archives, galleries, churches, theaters, artists’ workshops and marketplaces were damaged and ruined.
The Haiti Cultural Recovery Project works to rescue, recover, safeguard and help restore Haitian artwork, artifacts, documents, media and architectural features damaged and endangered by the earthquake of 2010 and its aftermath.
- Corine Wegener, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, “Smithsonian Delegation to Haiti Report” – March 6-8, 2010
- Haiti Blue Shield Committee recognized – May 28, 2010
- Blue Shield statement on Haiti – January 14, 2010
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March 4, 2023
The US Committee of the Blue Shield (USBCS) expresses its profound sorrow at the great loss of life, now numbering more than 50,000 victims, due to the earthquake of February 6 and severe aftershocks in the region [...]
March 1, 2023
Roughly one year from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces that they will invest $7 million towards efforts to protect Ukrainian cultural heritage through the [...]
February 20, 2023
The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield is holding a meeting that is free and open to the public on March 9-10, in the Lecture Hall of the S. Dillon Ripley Center located at the Smithsonian Institution. [...]