On October 19, we celebrated our 20th annual Hadrian Award
Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York City--our most successful
yet. Read more about our honorees, the Koç family;
watch this year's award video; and view a slideshow of WMF's preservation
work in Turkey.
Photo: Ambassador Baki Ilkin, Semahat Arsel, Rahmi M. Koc,
and WMF Chairman Ambassador W.L. Lyons Brown. Photo by Mary
Climate Change Threatens Historic Sites|
With increasing momentum, our
changing environment is jeopardizing the world's heritage. The
2008 World Monuments Watch
List highlighted the dangers of climate change to
about sites endangered by the effects
of climate change like Scott's Hut in Antarctica, Canada's
Herschel Island, and the Kilwa Historic Sites in Tanzania
Tourism Grants Program|
in tourism can impose additional pressures on historic sites and
local communities. Earlier this month, WMF and our longtime
corporate partner American Express announced the Sustainable Tourism
Program with $4 million in grants over four years to address
issues relating to tourism and cultural heritage site around the
Read more about the initiative
and view a slideshow of the initial four
|WMF Members Return from China|
|Last month, 27 WMF members joined staff and tour
guides on an excursion to China, where travelers were given
exclusive access to WMF sites and projects. Ragan Rhyne, our
Membership Manager, recounts the journey.
I've just returned from our ten-day trip
to China, and what an amazing journey it was! We began in
Beijing with a behind-the-scenes tour of WMF's project at Emperor Qianlong's Garden in the
Forbidden City. Next was an architectural tour,
including the Olympic stadium, and a trip to the Great Wall with
expert David Spindler.
Then it was off to Xi'an to visit the Terracotta
Warriors. Troops of lifesized statues lined excavation pits,
ready to guard the Emperor in the afterlife. We even got
special access to walk out onto the floor with the warriors!
We finished our trip in cosmopolitan Shanghai where we learned about
preservation initiatives in the French Concession, and visited the
Shanghai Museum. We bid farewell on our last evening with
dinner and drinks overlooking the city.
I hope you'll join us for the next WMF trip as we head off to
the Himalayan region of Ladakh in India. Email me at email@example.com
for more information about
participating in our travel program.