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Webinar: Cultural Heritage and Climate Change: Science, Threats, and Opportunity

March 8

| $40 - $65
Cultural Heritage and Climate Change

Sarah Sutton leads a discussion of the field’s most common climate change related challenges, and the tools being used to become resilient in the face of such sweeping change. Two guest presenters will describe how their work has already been seriously impacted by climate change. They discuss their perspectives, experiences, and solutions for managing the intersection between cultural heritage and climate change.


Date: March 8th, 2018

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm EASTERN (Remember to calculate for your time zone!)

Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact info@aaslh.org for more information.


Webinar Outcomes:

Participants will learn…

  • The difference between mitigation and resiliency
  • Critical planning tools, and existing mitigation and response resources in our field and related fields
  • Some potential funding avenues for resiliency planning
  • The experience of Strawbery Banke Museum as a coastal museum experiencing groundwater infiltration in historic structures during King tides, presented by Rodney Rowland.
  • The experience of Sunnylands in managing drought and high-heat incidences affecting operations and visitor experience and expectation, presented by Michaeleen Gallagher.

Recommended audience: Leadership and operational staff at institutions beginning to experience storm- and heat-related stresses, and those planning ahead for their institutions’ long-term well-being.


About the Presenters:

Headshot Image of presenter Sarah SuttonSarah Sutton is co-chair of the AALSH Task Force on Environmental Sustainability. She is the author of Environmental Sustainability at Historic Site and Museums, and co-author of both editions of The Green Museum. She consults with museums, zoos, gardens and sites around the country, helping them strategize sustainable practices, operations and programming, and address climate change. She lives in Hawai’i where she is learning about island resilience in the face of climate change.


Headshot Image of presenter Rodney RowlandRodney Rowland is Director of Facilities and Special Projects at Strawbery Banke Museum. He has split his 27 year career between preservation and care of the decorative arts and historic properties. Climate Change is the latest challenge facing both.




Headshot Image of Presenter Michaeleen GallagherMichaeleen Gallagher has worked in science and education in the U.S. and overseas and currently holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from University of Denver with a focused on communication strategies for resistant communities. She holds certificates in Environmental Leadership and Mediation. She joined the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands in 2011 and is director of the education and environmental programs overseeing environmental research projects, including aquatic macroinvertebrate studies in manmade systems, monarch butterfly tagging program, and overseeing a desert-wide seismic sensor program: Quake Catcher Network.  She has two published teacher guides for the IMAX films, Magic of Flight and Everest, and co-authored Art & Nature: The Gardens at Sunnylands. She is currently working on the exhibition and catalog for Flight Plan: The Birds of Sunnylands.