(The original notes in Mongolian: ТАЛАРХАЛ)
I was honored to be selected for the “Conserving and Preserving Mongolia’s Endangered Textile Traditions and Collections” project, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia and the American Center for Mongolian Studies, and travel to the USA between Feb 3-28, 2020. I had the opportunity to attend the 14th Mongolian Cultural Conference, and visit many wonderful museums and their collection storage facilities. Most importantly, I received training at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute and learned many things from the scholars and instructors there on preserving tangible cultural heritage artifacts. The things I’ve learned have been extremely helpful in my efforts to recover and preserve the tangible cultural heritage artifacts. A case in point:
In May of 2020, we learned that “Tsogtiin Duut Khadny Bichig,” or inscriptions made by Prince Tsogt on the Duut Rock for posterity in 1624, had been vandalized by unknown people’s ill-witted anointing ceremony, suffusing 70% of the artifact with butter, the acid of which could cause much damage. Therefore, the National Center for Cultural Heritage cultural heritage preservation specialists and scholars worked on the preservation of this historical memorial. Being part of the team, I did some research to dissolve and clean the grease. I found out that the substances used at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute’s training, as well as the methods and practice demonstrated by the instructor Mary Ballard of the textile preservation laboratory to clean and preserve grease stains on fabric performed not only effective in our test but also cleaned the inscription 100% from the oily residue when tested on site by the NCCH preservation specialists and scholars. Further preservation and protection efforts of this site are currently in progress.
Therefore, we thank the U.S. Embassy and the ACMS for their “Conserving and Preserving Mongolia’s Endangered Textile Traditions and Collections” project, as the impacts of the project are already manifesting themselves in the efforts to preserve and conserve the tangible artifacts of Mongolia’s cultural heritage. We are confident, also, that our collaboration will continue on even further in the future.
“Conserving and Preserving Mongolia’s Endangered Textile Traditions and Collections” project participant,
Researcher and Preservation Specialist, National Center for Cultural Heritage
July 2, 2020