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A Tribute to Jane S. Long

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The cultural community mourns the loss of Jane S. Long, long-time champion of emergency preparedness at Heritage Preservation and, most recently, the National Archives and Records Administration. Jane passed away in Arlington, VA, on July 25 from cancer. Information on Jane's funeral service can be found below. We have lost a dear colleague whose contributions continue to have a powerful impact both in the US and abroad. Thanks to her vision and dedication, today’s cultural institutions are better prepared to face disasters and respond to them when they occur.

Her devoted husband, Richard W. Long, has honored Heritage Preservation by requesting the establishment of the Jane S. Long Memorial Fund for Emergency Programs to honor the life she lived with purpose and commitment. He is joined in this by their son, Christopher, his wife, Lisa, and their children, Marissa and Alex.

Contributions will be used to fund Heritage Preservation’s emergency preparedness and response initiatives, which Jane embraced and advanced so passionately.

Jane’s remarkable accomplishments in promoting emergency preparedness and response during her 20 years at Heritage Preservation are many and justifiably earned her the moniker "Disaster Maven" among her colleagues nationwide. They include the following:

Jane was also devoted to providing information for the public about how families can care for their heirlooms. In 2002, she co-authored with her husband Caring for Your Family Treasures, a concise guide to caring for personal possessions of great value, whether sentimental or monetary. The book was a selection of the Antiques Roadshow and Country Homes & Gardens Book Clubs. In 1999, Jane authored "Saving Your Family Treasures" as part of My History is America's History, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1992, she oversaw the publication of Caring for Your Collections while Special Projects Coordinator at the President's Committee on the Arts & the Humanities.

However, Jane will be best remembered for being Jane – energetic, warm, thoughtful, caring, witty; there are far too many apt adjectives to list here. And we haven't even touched on her other career achievements as Assistant Director at the National Institute for Conservation of Cultural Property (which evolved into Heritage Preservation), as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Public Affairs, as a freelance editor residing in France, or as the Preservation Program Officer in Preservation Programs, Research Services, at the National Archives and Records Administration.

To donate to the Jane S. Long Memorial Fund for Emergency Programs, simply click on the donate button below to be redirected to PayPal's secure online processing center. A PayPal account is not required. You will receive an email acknowledgment for your records. Donations are tax deductible. 

Donations may also be mailed to:
Jane S. Long Memorial Fund, Heritage Preservation
1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005

Thank you for helping keep Jane's legacy alive.


Information regarding Jane's funeral service:
Jane Long’s family will be at once celebrating her life and mourning our loss at a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2. The requiem will be celebrated at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 818 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, MD.

A buffet reception will be held nearby, at Mrs. K’s Toll House, 9201 Colesville Road, Silver Spring from noon to 3 p.m. Jane’s friends are welcome to attend either or both.

Her family wishes to thank all of you who have expressed your sympathy or offered support in other ways. We are grateful to many who have contributed to the memorial fund in her name at Heritage Preservation.