Brazil

Md. Historical Society: let's march for culture

Md. Historical Society: let's march for culture

The National Museum in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, suffered a devastating fire in September that consumed one of the most important museum collections in the Americas — a national and international catastrophe the likes of which the museum world has rarely seen. The loss is incalculable not only for Brazil but for all cultures. Exactly 200 years old, the Brazilian museum contained more than 20 million objects, including rare fossils and dinosaurs and recordings of long-gone indigenous voices.

The cause of this catastrophe was the lack of fire suppression systems that could have prevented the spread of the inferno that wiped out two centuries of history in a matter of minutes. It is...

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