Old Line State Summit: The Next Frontier of Preservation: The Moon

Mon, 07/20.
1:00pm — 2:00PM

Location: Virtual

Hosted by Preservation Maryland

Cost: Free
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Preservation on Earth is made up of a variety of laws and regulations that vary based on country, state, or municipality. How do we approach a preservation project that is a couple hundred thousand miles away from the regulations found on Earth?

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020

Speakers for this free webinar are Michelle Hanlon, Co-Founder and President of For All Moonkind, and Teasel Muir-Harmony, Curator at the National Air and Space Museum.

The lunar landing sites are not solely significant to one country but represent a collective moment for humanity. The organization, For All Moonkind is working to preserve these sites as examples of human cultural heritage and is engaging on a global level to make that preservation happen. As with all preservation projects, the work of preserving the lunar landing sites presents questions that preservationists routinely grapple with including how to balance preservation and growth in a sustainable way. On the moon, protection of the sites and the lunar surface at large is faced with challenges of competing interests from continued exploration and commercial enterprises. The question of preservation on the moon invites preservationists to ask questions about how we would want to craft regulations if there were no existing statutes and even why we choose what to preserve.

Michelle Hanlon

Michelle is an Associate Director of the National Center for Air and Space Law and an instructor of aviation and space law. Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. She earned her LL.M in Air and Space Law from McGill University where the focus of her research was commercial space and the intersection of commerce and public law.

Prior to focusing on space law, Michelle was engaged in a private business law practice. Her legal career commenced with the restructuring of sovereign debt for a number of South and Latin American countries and evolved into the negotiation and implementation of cross-border technology mergers and acquisitions. Her subsequent solo practice advised entrepreneurs across four continents on all aspects of bringing their innovative ideas to market: from basic corporate formation to financings and buyouts.

Michelle is a Co-Founder and the President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space. For All Moonkind has been recognized by the United Nations as a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Michelle also serves as Mentor for the Creative Destruction Lab, a startup incubator program developed by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Teasel Muir-Harmony

Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony is a historian of science and technology and curator of the Apollo Spacecraft Collection. Before coming to the Smithsonian Institution, she earned a Ph.D.from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and held positions atthe Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.

Muir-Harmony’s current research focuses on the history of space diplomacy, examining how Project Apollo shaped and mediated the United States’ role on the global stage. She is the author of Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects (National Geographic, 2018) and has written on the history of science diplomacy, the material culture of spaceflight, and the political history of space exploration.She was a member of MIT’s Space Policy & Society Research Group, which produced The Future of Human Spaceflight (2009). Muir-Harmony’s research and writing have been supportedby the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, the MIT Presidential Fellowship, the Smithsonian Institution Graduate Research Fellowship, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and the National Science Foundation.

She serves on the Smithsonian exhibit committees for Destination Moon and One World Connected, and is the historical advisor for a six-part television series on Project Apollo. In addition, Muir-Harmony co-organizes the Space Policy & History Forum and teaches in Georgetown University’s Science, Technology, and International Affairs program.

Join us for a fascinating look at the next frontier in preservation!


Attendees are encouraged to join the webinar with questions and comments, and to make use of the Q&A and chat features of the presentation. This session is one of several that Preservation Maryland will be hosting in Summer and Fall 2020, as we bring our Old Line State Summit to an all-online format. Where available, presentations, and recordings of the webinar will be made available.

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