(January 6, 2021) – NEMPN shares the incredible stress, anxiety, and sadness of our community as current events unfold in Washington, D.C. today. We are deeply concerned for the safety and well being of all EMPs. We are especially concerned for the members of our EMP community working in the U.S. Capitol who have been stewards for this historic building and landmark, its invaluable collection, and its role in civic life, all of which is being vandalized and disrespected. Our hearts and minds are with them at this moment, and we are here to support in any way that we can.
NEMPN understands that this egregious, shocking, and deeply disturbing affront to democracy is a historical moment. As museum professionals, many of us will be working to collect, preserve, and interpret this moment in our country’s history and those that will follow. We hope that EMPs are prioritizing self-care and self-preservation in this time as we look ahead to an uncertain future.
EMP chapters have also issued individual statements, linked to below:
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