Monday, January 7, 2013

Jay Kislak at 90

It's nice to see former CPAC Chairman Kislak remains active and engaged at age 90.   The article discusses his incredible generosity to the Library of Congress.  It also touches on his  frustrations dealing with the State Department while chairman of CPAC.  In particular, the article references Mr. Kislak's statements at the CPRI's seminar on Capitol Hill.  As the article notes,

With Kislak's knowledge of collecting, President George W. Bush appointed him to the State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee. But while chairing the committee from 2003 to 2008, Kislak grew frustrated and didn't seek to stay on with the group, which deals with controversial issues of regulating the importation of cultural and historical artifacts.

Later, at a Washington, D.C., seminar in March 2011, Kislak called the advisory committee "useless." According to a transcript, he criticized the group for holding closed meetings and fumed that its recommendations were ignored by State Department staff.

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