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Blog post | October 16, 2009

Hands-on Experience: Summer in Peru

Patrick Kidd, a graduate student in the University of Pennsylvania's historic preservation program, and two of his classmates, volunteered to spend some time researching and working in Peru's Colca Valley in summer 2009.
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Blog post | October 07, 2009

Watch Announcement Crashes Website

We held a press conference Tuesday, October 6, to announce the sites on the new 2010 Watch. It was a great success—about 45 journalists from a wide range of major news outlets came, from Agence France Press and EFE to the Today Show, from the NY Daily News and the Los Angeles Times to Architectural Record, Conde Nast Traveler, Metropolis, Science, Town & Country, Travel & Leisure, and many more. Ninety-three sites from 47 countries are on the list, including 9 from the U.S.
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Blog post | September 11, 2009

Layers of Time

Today I checked on progress in conserving the rare surviving murals at Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum. I was received by murals conservator Werner Schmid and architect Giuseppe Morganti, director for monuments conservation for the Forum.
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Blog post | September 10, 2009

Pompeii Revisited

After giving a talk at a conference on valuing cultural heritage on the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, I had the opportunity to step back in time and again experience ancient Pompeii.
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Blog post | September 08, 2009

Hats Off to Field School Program

Paxton Carlson, one of the 12 high-school students working at the Dutch Reformed Church this summer, addressed the group gathered for their graduation ceremony. "Wow, how do I begin? This whole experience has been amazing for all of us. I don't think anybody came into this knowing the enormous amount of knowledge that was about to be taught to us."
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Blog post | September 04, 2009

High on the High Bridge

On September 1, a group of WMF staff members visited the High Bridge on a cloudless and warm summer morning. We met Ellen Macnow, the Parks Department's <a href="">High Bridge</a> project coordinator, in front of the Highbridge Park Rec Center and Pool in northern Manhattan and walked to the water tower overlooking the Harlem River and the High Bridge.
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Blog post | August 26, 2009

Field School Graduates Clean Up

The six-week field school at the Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh ended on Friday with a graduation ceremony. The students exchanged their hard hats and T-shirts for dressier attire and received certificates congratulating them for their achievements and thanking them for their hard work.
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Blog post | August 19, 2009

Windows to the Past

During this past week at work, Jeff Finch (the National Park Service instructor) taught us about window sashes. My peers and I learned how to shellac, oil, and putty the windows. All these chemicals help the windows stay strong against moisture.
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We had an interesting week at the Shaker Village. Friday we had a flood that was so severe it washed out two of the major roads, flooded the ponds over their banks, put about 3 to 4 feet of water in the basement of the brethren's shop, and caused one of the major aqueducts to fail, shooting water throughout the site and doing considerable damage. It's a testament that even though these water system components exist after 150+ years, disturbances at the top of the watershed may compromise the entire system.
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