A National Coalition for Cultural Conservation may be the outcome of a four-day conference sponsored in May by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, if recommendations that grew out of the conference are followed. Nearly a decade after Congress requested a report on the protection of "intangible" aspects of American heritage (see Cultural Conservation: The Protection of Cultural Heritage in the United States. Ormond Loomis, coordinator. Washington: American Folklife Center, 1983), 150 professionals met to assess the state of cultural conservation and devise a plan for its future.

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