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D.C. Gigs: Recovering Memories at NPS

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Bob Sonderman has been working for the National Park Service for more than two decades. He oversees the collection and preservation of objects recovered on National Park Service land throughout the region.
Marc Adams
Bob Sonderman has been working for the National Park Service for more than two decades. He oversees the collection and preservation of objects recovered on National Park Service land throughout the region.

Every year, visitors leave thousands of objects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. But when one of these items disappears, chances are it hasn't been thrown away. In our regular segment, "D.C. Gigs," producer Marc Adams takes us to a National Park Service facility the size of a football field, where Museum Resource Center Director Bob Sonderman talks about the challenges of preserving the vast amount of memorabilia recovered from the region.

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