Conference on Cultural Property Protection in Sucre
November 9, 2016 — American cultural property security and prevention of vandalism expert Arthur Kingsbury and Bolivian architect Freddy Riveros will offer a talk on “Protection of Cultural Patrimony Sites” on Monday, November 14, at 19:00, in Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real, city of Sucre.
The conference, sponsored by the United States Embassy and Centro Boliviano Americano in Sucre, is open to the public free of charge and will be targeted to individuals interested in knowing how to protect museums, churches, and other places that have historical and cultural value.
Commenting on the conference, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Peter Brennan said: “The protection of cultural patrimony is of paramount importance. Protecting the treasures of the past helps us to face the future with responsibility.”
Dr. Arthur Kingsbury is currently working as a consultant for the United States Department of State in prevention of theft and vandalism in cultural sites.
In 2002, as a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Kingsbury worked in Bolivia examining and developing methods to ensure protection of cultural patrimony. His research contributed to the publication of Seguridad Preventiva: Métodos para Prevenir y Evitar Robos, the first book on protection of cultural property written in Spanish.
The United States is committed, together with the Government of Bolivia, to prevent thefts and illegal exports of Bolivian cultural patrimony objects and hopes to continue to support the bilateral memorandum of understanding to prevent these types of losses.