In New York City every day, free newspapers are given away by the hundreds of thousands in subway stations and in free- standing newspaper boxes on the street. Small (no more than 20 pages with many advertisements), their contents can be (and are) read from cover to cover on a short commute to work. An article in any one issue reaches a large and varied audience. I was therefore very pleased to read Lisa Colangelo’s “Monumental Mission” about the Citywide Monuments Conservation program overseen by the NYC Parks Department in the July 31, 2017 issue of amNewYork. Discussing kinds of damages to and treatments for outdoor monuments, it provided a glimpse into conservation for many people who probably knew nothing about the subject .