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The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective November 3–4, 2016 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA On November 4, 1966 the Arno River in Florence, Italy, flooded its banks, breaching the basements and first floors of museums, libraries, and private residences, and burying centuries of books, manuscripts, and works of art in muck and muddy water. The flood in Florence galvanized a fledgling conservation community into action. In the intervening decades, successive generations of professionals have advanced the practice of conservation and preservation, imbuing the profession with a global view of the value of cultural heritage and fully embracing the technical details of materials science. *The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective* symposium will examine the enduring lessons of a half-century of innovative materials research, professional practice, and education and training. Papers presented at the symposium will be published by the University of Michigan Publishing Services. *Registration* for the symposium is required. While there is no cost to attend, the number of participants we can accommodate is limited. The symposium program and a link to the registration form are on the symposium website. http://www.lib.umich.edu/flood-florence-1966-fifty- year-retrospective The symposium is sponsored by the University of Michigan Library, University of Michigan School of Information, and University of Michigan Museum of Art, with generous gifts from the Northeast Document Conservation Center and Preservation Technologies, Inc. *Screening of 1966 Franco Zeffirelli documentary: Florence: Days of Destruction* Thursday November 3, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (Helmut Stern Auditorium). Free and open to the public. Italian film maker Franco Zeffirelli was finishing up work on *Taming of the Shrew* in November 1966 when he learned of the devastating flood in Florence. He immediately turned his crew and their talents to the recovery effort by creating, within a month of the flood, his only documentary: *Per Firenze* (For Florence) and an English version *Florence: Days of Destruction. *Both Italian and English versions are narrated by actor Richard Burton. The documentary raised millions of dollars in aid for Florence. Also shown will be Roger Hill's *The Restoration of Books, Florence, 1968*. More information about the film screening is available at http://www.umma.umich.edu/events/3743/florence-flood- film-days-destruction-and-restoration *Exhibit: The Florence Flood, November 1966: The Conservation of Books at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and Beyond.* September 1 - December 21st at the Hatcher Graduate Library, Clark Library, 2nd Floor. Free and open to the public. Curated by Dr. Cathleen A. Baker, this exhibit focuses on the destruction in Florence during the flood of November 4, 1966, and the recovery effort to salvage historic books and artwork. http://www.lib.umich.edu/events/florence-flood-november-1966-conservation- books-biblioteca-nazionale-centrale-and-beyond * * * * * * * * * * * Shannon Zachary Head, Dept. of Preservation & Conservation, University of Michigan Library 837 Greene St., Rm. 3202 Buhr Bldg. Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209 734-763-6980 ****** Unsubscribe by sending a message to consdistlist-le...@cool.conservation-us.org Archives through August 2016 at http://cool.conservation-us.org/byform/mailing-lists/cdl/ Archives from September 2016 onward at https://email@example.com/