MAY 2007
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Film on WMF's work at Angkor Online

Now view Les Guthman's beautiful documentary, Churning the Sea of Time: A Journey Up the Mekong to Angkor, online at AOL True Stories.  The film features WMF's 15-year project at the vast temple complex in Cambodia.  View the film, or call 646-424-9594, ext. 247, to purchase a copy on DVD for $25.
A Warm Welcome from Bonnie Burnham, President of the World Monuments Fund
Bonnie BurnhamAt WMF we are constantly exploring new ways to communicate with you, our valued supporters.  With this dispatch, we launch a monthly e-newsletter to keep you abreast of upcoming events, as well as opportunities to travel and see first-hand your donor dollars at work. In addition, we continue to upgrade our website at, where you can find the latest information on projects you help support and the extraordinary places you care most about.
Bonnie Burnham
2008 Watch Panel to Convene in New York City
On May 14, experts in historic preservation and heritage management from around the globe will gather at WMF headquarters in New York to select the 2008 list of 100 Most Endangered Sites. Over the course of three days, the ten-person panel will consider the applications of each site nominated, evaluating them on their cultural significance, urgency of threat, and the viability of proposals put forth to preserve them for future generations.
The 2008 list will be announced in New York in early June.  Check your inbox next month for a list of sites.  In the meantime, view the 2006 Watch List on our website.
Passing the Torch: In Conversation with Jonathan Foyle, WMF's New Man in Britain
A distinguished architectural critic and writer, ICON contributing editor Colin Amery has been director of WMF in Britain for nearly a decade. Now, as he hands over the reigns of chief executive of our British affiliate to Jonathan Foyle, noted architect, historian, host of the popular BBC archaeology program Time Team, we thought it an opportune time to have Amery (who will remain a senior advisor to WMF) introduce his hand-picked successor and explore the future of WMF in Britain...


CA: Welcome aboard the WMF ship. As an architect, historian, and archaeologist as well as someone who has been taking groups on cultural tours for some years, you sound like just the man for WMF.  How did your passion for heritage first begin?

JF: I was raised in the country, in Lincolnshire, and as a teenager, I started to go on long solo cycle rides across the flat Fen country and into Northamptonshire. What strikes a visitor to that part of
England are the churches rising out of the landscape and the superb quality of the local stone. I realized that when you just walk inside the door of an ancient parish church, the whole perspective of the centuries opens up for you. I felt transported into a different time zone and that sense of wonder and history, once you have felt it, never leaves you. Read more...

Focus On: A Race against Time for Kentucky's Bluegrass Region
As the equestrian world gears up for this year's horse racing season, we thought it an ideal time to highlight the plight of one of America's great, yet imperiled cultural landscapes--the Kentucky Bluegrass Region. Known as the "horse capital of the world" and home to such racing legends as Seattle Slew, winner of the 1977 Triple Crown, the 1.2-million-acre Inner Bluegrass will host the 2010 World Equestrian Games. By the time the games roll around, however, the region is likely to be a mere shadow of what it is today. Over the past two decades, more than 80,000 acres of rural Bluegrass have given way to unbridled development, garnering the region a place on WMF's 2006 List of 100 Most Endangered SitesMore on efforts to save this iconic American landscape...
Photo: Copyright Marc Manning
Destination China: Explore the World with WMF
Summer Palace
Ancient, Imperial, and Modern China: October 21-31, 2007
Join WMF as we travel to Beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, and Shanghai for a behind-the-scenes tour of extraordinary archeological sites, sumptuous private quarters of China's emperors, and contemporary works of Chinese art and architecture.
Modernism At Risk
Knoll/Modernism Prize The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize will be awarded biennially, beginning in 2008, to a design professional or firm in recognition of an innovative design solution that preserves or enhances a Modern landmark. The Prize may be awarded for an individual project or body of work. The Prize is intended to raise public awareness of the influential role that Modernism plays in our architectural heritage.  Visit our website for more information or to submit a nomination...
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