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M&S Programs

Ambassadors Fund For Cultural Preservation in
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

On November 6th 2020, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, Ms. Valerie Chittenden, granted the 28th U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project in Turkmenistan to Merrion & Smith in partnership with the Magtymguly Institute of Language, Literature, and National Manuscripts under the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan.

“This is the first AFCP project in Turkmenistan that is being awarded to a joint proposal from a Turkmen and American organization,” CDA Chittenden said, adding, “It is appropriate that a project to preserve important books opens a new chapter in the collaboration between experts from the United States and Turkmenistan.”

For more information, see the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan’s press release:


Turkmen Scholars from the Magtymguly Institute of Language, Literature, and National Manuscripts: Nurmuhammet Gylychdurdyyev and Kakajan Janbekov, visit the special collections library at Princeton University. 

Lectures and Workshops

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Trevor Merrion and William Bradford Smith have presented lectures at museums and universities around the world, including:

  • The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (Bangkok)

  • King Prajadhipok's Institute (Bangkok)

  • Museum Siam (Bangkok)

  • The Siam Society (Bangkok)

  • Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Center 

  • Payap University (Chiang Mai)

  • Malagasy Cultural Center (Antananarivo)

  • The Luigi Pigorini National Museum of Prehistoric Ethnography (Rome)

  • The Yarat Institute (Baku)

  • The National Art Museum of Azerbaijan (Baku)

  • The Guba History Museum (Guba, Azerbaijan)

  • The Durdy Baymarov Museum (Toronto)

  • The Kasteyev State Museum of Arts (Almaty)

  • The East Kazakhstan Regional Library (Semey)

  • The East Kazakhstan Regional Library (Kokshetau)

  • Turkmenistan Academy of Sciences (Ashgabat)

  • National Conservatory of Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)

  • State Cultural Center of Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)

  • Yong-In University (Gyeonggi-do, Korea)

  • University of Maryland (College Park)

  • Nukus Museum of Art 

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