The official U.S. holiday of Memorial Day as it is currently observed (on the last Monday in May) passed into law in 1971, but the tradition of coming together to honor the memory of those who died in service to their nation is as old as war itself.  Whether you are mourning the loss of loved ones, or taking a moment to remember the many lives that have been lost throughout our history, I hope you will find yourself surrounded by friends and family today.

Preservation professionals and conservators care for and protect our personal, historical, and cultural memories, so it seems fitting that tomorrow is the first day of the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), which is being held in Philadelphia, PA, this year.  The conference theme is Ethos, Logos, Pathos: Ethical Principles and Critical Thinking in Conservation.  Our Hertzberg Intern, Martha Lincoln, and I will both be attending the AIC Annual Meeting and will share our impressions with you here.  For more coverage of the conference, you can also check out the AIC Blog.