Conference Proceeding: Preserving History: The Construction of the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began collecting more than a quarter century ago and since then has created the collection of record on the Holocaust. Soon after collecting began, the Museum leased a temporary facility to house the nascent collection. After twenty years of unforeseen growth and three expansions later at the leased facility, an appropriate permanent home for the collection was necessary. Beginning in 2010 with the commissioning of a feasibility study, the Museum began a multi-year process of designing, fundraising, and moving the Museum’s collection from its current facility to the new Center. With construction nearing completion in December 2016 and the collection move looming in September 2016, this session will present the development of the collection, the case for a new facility and the numerous stages and challenges of designing, building, and moving the collection.