The roots of the Indonesian Heritage Society (“IHS”) date back to 1970 when Mrs. Zainal Abidin and Mrs. Reidun Loose, spouse of the former Norwegian Consul General to Indonesia, were active at the Museum Nasional. Their common goal to support the Museum and to promote the preservation and appreciation of Indonesian art and culture, inspired them to establish the Ganesha Volunteers, with 17 volunteers. Among other attributes, the Hindu god Ganesha is known for his unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

In 1994, Mrs. Abidin decided to focus on her numerous businesses. Although the organization would continue to carry out the original mission and activities of the Ganesha Volunteers, Indonesian law necessitated the formation of a new legal entity. IHS was officially established as a Yayasan and inaugurated at the Museum Nasional in 1995 with its first President, Ibu Juliana Roe. Members of the first Board of Governors were Ibu Hilde Ardie, Bapak Prof. Dr. Anak Agung Gde Agung, Bapak Wiwoho Basuki, Ibu Kartini Basuki, and Dr. Nafsiah Mboi. Under new regulations, the “Board of Governors” are now the “Board of Trustees” with Trustees Bapak Prof. Dr. Anak Agung Gde Agung, Bapak Wiwoho Basuki, Ibu Juliana Roe, and Ibu Lily Santoso. Today, the Indonesian Heritage Society has hundreds of volunteers hailing from more than 30 countries.

  • 1997-Awarded Karya Pusaka Utama by Prof. Dr. Ing. Wardiman Djojonegoro, Minister of Kemendikbud.
  • 1999-Relocated to Sentral Senayan I from its Kemang site.
  • 2003-Special Award of appreciation by the Jakarta History Museum
  • 2008-Nokia Masterpiece Awards
  • 2009- BMKG Award
  • “Museum Nasional Guidebook”
  • “The Jakarta Explorer” 1st and 2nd
  • “Aspects of Indonesian Culture” French translation.
  • Japanese translation of the “Museum Nasional Guidebook”
  • “Martaban” booklet
  • “Durga” booklet
  • “Ganesha” booklet
  • Museum Nasional Guidebook translated into Korean, and Spanish, Chinese
  • Kain Bebali published in English
  • “An Indonesian Alphabet”
  • “Museum Encountrs, Jakarta
  • “Apa Ini”
  • “The Jakarta Textile Museum
  • Urang Kanekes, Baduy People
  • “Museum Encounters, Jakarta & Bali”
  • “Mystery Tour”
  • 1971-1973-Volunteers undertook translations and inventory work in Ceramics, Stone, Bronze
  • 1973-1978 -annual subscription charged, individual sections defined, Study groups, Evening Lecture, program for international school formed,
  • Museum Tour expanded to include French, German and Japanese
  • 1988- Explorers group estabslihed
  • 1994-Library relocated to rented accommodation at jl. Bangka V, 21E, Kemang.
  • Logo for IHS was chosen
  • 1995-signing of the Deed of Establishment of IHS
  • 1999-IHS Library relocated to Sentral Senayan I from its Kemang site.
  • 2015-created OPAC system.
  • 2020-2023
  • Indonesian Heritage Society adopted digital technology and converted the information system to a digital system establishing IHS Central Data base.
  • Zoom platform becomes the second meeting room after the physical one, the Library at the Sentral Senayan.
  • New website was created.

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