Pulling Haiti's Culture From the Rubble

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Patrick Tardieu (Library of Congress)

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Patrick Tardieu (Library of Congress)

The devastation inflicted on Haiti's people by the January 12 earthquake is all too apparent. Now the nation's cultural heritage—its museums and libraries and the vital record they contain—is at risk, too.

The Chronicle spoke on Wednesday with Patrick D. Tardieu, chief conservator at the Bibliothèque Haitienne des Pères du Saint Esprit, in Port-au-Prince, and director of the library at the University of Quisqueya. The Bibliothèque Haitienne,