World Monuments Fund
December 2010
A Tribute to Houghton Freeman
World Monuments Fund mourns the recent death of Houghton Freeman. WMF was one of many organizations touched by the extraordinary philanthropy of the Freeman family and the Freeman Foundation. WMF was honored to present Houghton and his family with the 2008 Hadrian Award for their support of Asian cultural heritage, including our work at the Qianlong Garden in China and at the Imperial Convents in Kyoto and Nara, Japan. Since then, the Freeman Foundation has also contributed to our work to conserve machiya--traditional wooden townhouses--in Kyoto.
Disaster Recovery Partnership Announced
World Monuments Fund and the Prince Claus Fund recently announced the Cultural Heritage Emergency Response program, a joint initiative that addresses the recovery of monuments and important sites in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. It provides emergency assistance--financial and practical--where it is most needed, and draws attention to the plight of communities and their heritage in the aftermath of catastrophe. The program's initial focus is on projects in Bhutan, Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan.
Your Vote Counts!

The fourth round of the American Express/TakePart online public voting campaign has begun. If we win the $200,000 in this round, we will be able to assist some of the 2010 American Watch sites. We can use all the help we can get, so please spread the word and be sure to vote!

Roman Mosaics in Syria Secured
A project at the ancient city of Cyrrhus in Syria, a 2008 Watch site, recently finished. A team of conservators undertook an urgent intervention at a Roman house that had been subject to lootings in 2008 and 2009. Valuable mosaics and wall paintings at the site were conserved and surviving masonry in the house's remains was consolidated. Two mosaic panels damaged in the looting were temporarily removed to a museum in Aleppo, but will be returned to their original location in the near future. A light structure was erected over the house to shelter it from exposure to the elements.
Work Continues at Tutuveni
This fall, WMF continued work at Tutuveni, an important Hopi petroglyph site in Arizona and 2008 Watch site. Increasing vandalism to the petroglyphs prompted WMF to team up with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, the National Park Service, Redlands University, and CyArk to digitally document the remaining petroglyphs as well as install a protective fence and surveillance cameras to increase security.
The Best of Angkor with John Stubbs
This February, you have the chance to join WMF's John Stubbs for an inside look at some of the most magnificent temples of Angkor.

The world-famous ancient city of Angkor has been the focus of WMF's signature architectural conservation campaign for 20 years. This vast Hindu-Buddhist temple complex in north-central Cambodia is among the most magnificent architectural wonders of Southeast Asia.

Click here for more information about the trip, or call (646) 424-9594.
WMF Welcomes Two New Staff

World Monuments Fund recently welcomed two new staff. Ed Mohylowski is the new Vice President for Development. Before joining WMF, he worked at the Environmental Defense Fund, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the New York City Landmarks Commission.


Frank Sanchis is WMF's new Director of US Programs. Most recently, he served as senior adviser to the Municipal Art Society. Before that, he served as Vice President for Stewardship of Historic Sites for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


US/ICOMOS awarded WMF with the 2010 Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement at a Gala in Washington, DC, in November. WMF was awarded for its "long dedicated service to saving the world's most treasured architectural and cultural heritage sites."


The Emperor's Private Paradise in Salem, MA

Modernism at Risk in Montreal, Canada

Delhi: A Living Heritage in New Delhi, India

2012 WATCH

Nomination Forms for the 2012 Watch are online. The deadline  for submissions is March 15, 2011.


Donation Plea for Rococo Shobdon Church Repair

St Peter's Seminary Highlighted at Venice Biennale

The Times of India:
Exhibition Traces Delhi's Evolution

Bombay News:
Many Indian Forts, Palaces at Risk of Disappearing

Bhutan Observer:
Struggling to Rise Again, One Year on
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