WMF Journal


June 12, 2015

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A Personal Account of the Earthquake in Nepal

Posted by René Fan, Guest Blogger
Puja house after the earthquake
Puja house after the earthquake

For the past few years, I’ve taken my vacation in the spring – clear of winter weather and not yet peak travel season. This past April I planned to visit a friend in Nepal, who has a house in Kathmandu and has lived in the country for over 15 years. I had no idea that Nepal was an earthquake zone when I booked my trip; even a quick reading of the Rough Guide did not raise the concern.

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June 11, 2015

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Graduation Day for the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management Program

Posted by Alessandra Peruzzetto, Gina Haney, and Hania Osta
World Monuments Fund
Among those pictured are students, professors, translators, IICAH staff, translators, Sara Harriger, and Mounir Bouchenaki

After 12 weeks of work, exchanges, discussions, and sites visits, the second training course of the WMF Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management Program was completed. The program was held during 2014 and 2015 primarily at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil, as well as at the American University in Iraq, Sulaimani.

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June 10, 2015

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Portobelo – The “Beautiful Port” Has Seen Better Days

Posted by Matthew Cerick, Tulane Master of Preservation Studies student
World Monuments Fund
Tulane graduate students survey the Bay of Portobelo

As the culmination of our International Field Studies trip to Panama this spring, 15 Tulane Master of Preservation Studies (MPS) students had the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Portobelo, a strategic fortress stunningly situated on the Caribbean coastline of the Spanish colonial empire.  Traveling with MPS Director and WMF Senior Advisor John Stubbs as our guide, it was

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June 10, 2015

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Exhibition Planning for Two Balkan Synagogues

Posted by Ken Feisel, Art Director
Subotica Synagogue
Subotica Synagogue

This past May, I traveled to Serbia and Croatia with my colleague Stephanie Ortiz. She's overseeing WMF's Jewish Heritage Program, and together we went to meet with stakeholders and survey potential locations for exhibitions at two synagogues.

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May 28, 2015

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Structural Issues at Phnom Bakheng

Posted by Chiv Phirum, Engineer, WMF Program in Angkor
Condition of the North elevation at level F and E
Condition of the North elevation at level F and E

Phnom Bakheng has structural issues at several locations. These structures have collapsed due to forward leaning walls, movements, or shifts of the structure, and uncontrolled vegetation grows in between the walls and the bedrock. The walls were also subjected to water and soil induced deterioration of the laterite foundation and bedrock, and they couldn’t support the weight of the structure.

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