April 28 – May 4, 2024

Preservation Week

Building Resilient Communities

Why preservation?

Preservation Week inspires action to preserve your collections. We believe that memories and treasures should last a lifetime and beyond, and that these physical and digital materials support both community and cultural identities. Focusing on preservation for a designated week every year raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in preservation, by sharing information to help make informed decisions that help your collections last for the future.

The 2023 Preservation Week theme is Building Resilient Communities.

Connect your community through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

2023 Honorary Chair

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and founding director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is the author of the New York Times 100 most notable book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

“If history informs action and words shape thinking – preserving the truth of the lived experience is critical for our communities,” Hanna-Attisha says. “Their stories of resilience and triumph show how an empowered community can demand change. When science and community come together and speak truth to power– we feel heard, seen, and thrive – and our eyes open to how society should be – a place where resilience is built into the fabric of our nation rather than demanded of our most vulnerable.”