Celebrating World Heritage Through Exhibitions, Publications, and Educational Programing
About Merrion & Smith
Trevor Merrion and William Bradford Smith are the co-founders of Merrion & Smith, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in educational programming that fulfills the United States Government’s cultural diplomacy objectives around the globe, particularly by highlighting world treasures in America’s national collections. Recently, on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, Merrion & Smith produced Allies for Freedom: Portraits of Filipino and American Courage in World War II, an exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II and the liberation of the Philippines. They are also currently administering both a scholar exchange program and a manuscript conservation project at the Institute of Manuscripts of Turkmenistan on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan with funding from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.
Previously, Trevor Merrion and William Bradford Smith curated the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok’s major international exhibition, Great and Good Friends: Historic Gifts between the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States of America, 1818-2018, which was open from March to June 2018 on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok and which featured over 80 artifacts from America’s national collections. Earlier, they worked in the Smithsonian Institution’s Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, developing publications and programming in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Madagascar, Thailand, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, often in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State. Past projects also include collaborations with the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Embassy of Kazakhstan, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and the Embassy of Turkmenistan.
May 2023 - Merrion & Smith, in partnership with the Library of Congress and the National Institute of Manuscripts under the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan, concluded a series of programs focused on the conservation and restoration of 80 ancient manuscripts and lithographically printed books. The delegation that travelled to work on the manuscripts consisted of Mr. William Bradford Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Merrion & Smith, Ms. Yasmeen Khan, Head of the Book Conservation Department at the Library of Congress, and Ms. Tamara Ohanyan, Senior Specialist of the Book Conservation Department at the Library of Congress.
To learn more visit: https://tm.usembassy.gov/u-s-library-of-congress-and-institute-of-manuscripts
July 21, 2022 - CEO W. Bradford Smith speaks at the National Endowment for the Humanities 2022 Global Humanities Symposium: Observing Cultural Diplomacy. Special thanks to host Meridian International Center for the platform and the National Endowment for the Humanities for their continued support of cultural relations and the arts. To learn more about this program visit: https://www.meridian.org/announcement/2022-global-humanities-symposium-observing-cultural-diplomacy/
May 10-13, 2022 - Merrion & Smith participate in the 2022 Global Cultural Relations Platform (GCRP) in Istanbul, Turkey. The GCRP is sponsored by the European Union and brings together cultural diplomacy experts from 38 countries to share skills, ideas, and develop their international networks. To learn more about this program visit: https://www.cultureinexternalrelations.eu/.
November 15, 2021 - M&S Exhibition Allies for Freedom:Portraits of Filipino and American Courage in World War II is added to the Google Arts and Culture platform. The exhibition, still on display at Fort Santiago, Intramuros, is also available in a digital walking tour format with added voiceover.
To visit the digital tour: https://storage.net-fs.com/hosting/6963583/2/
Google Arts and Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/story/allies-for-freedom/xQKC5La7tBRvKg