JULY 2007
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WMF in the News

ABC News: Interview with WMF's VP of Field Projects, John Stubbs, on the threat of tourism at Cambodia's Angkor temple complex (streaming video)
CSMonitor: A new endangered species: Modern architecture

USA Today: Climate Change Threatens Monuments

Travel with WMF
Ancient, Imperial, and Modern China: October 21-31, 2007
A New Era for WMF
Perry and BrownOn June 22, noted art historian and author Dr. Marilyn Perry, chairman of the board of the World Monuments Fund since 1990, graciously welcomed her successor to the post, W. L. Lyons Brown. Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Austria from 2001 to 2005, Ambassador Brown has been a long-time friend of WMF. A former chairman and chief executive officer of the Brown-Forman Corporation based in Louisville, Kentucky, Ambassador Brown has dedicated the better part of his life to supporting preservation and cultural programs. He is chairman and trustee emeritus of the Winterthur Museum and Garden in Delaware, chairman and trustee emeritus of the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Kentucky, and a member of the Chairman's Council of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Upon accepting his post, Ambassador Brown, said "I feel privileged to follow Dr. Perry, who has so skillfully led WMF to become the influential voice for heritage preservation it is today, and I look forward to helping expand WMF's global priorites in the coming decade."


In addition to her extraordinary service to WMF, Dr. Perry served as President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in New York from 1984 to 2007, administering a distinguished program of philanthropy for the greater understanding and enjoyment of the art and architecture of Europe. The Kress Foundation has long been a supporter of WMF's work, particularly its portfolio of important European projects.


Photo: Dr. Marilyn Perry and incoming chairman, W. L. Lyons Brown.
Announcing the 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites

On Wednesday, June 6, 2007, WMF headquarters in New York held a press conference to announce the 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites.


The briefing featured remarks by WMF Board Chairman Marilyn Perry and WMF President Bonnie Burnham, as well as an extensive Q&A session with Ms. Burnham, Vice President for Field Projects John Stubbs, Program Manager Michelle Berenfeld, Field Projects Director Norma Barbacci, and Technical Director Mark Weber.  It was attended by some 60 journalists from a broad array of media outlets including The New York Times, Associated Press, WCBS, Travel & Leisure magazine, and several foreign publications.  WMF in Britain and WMF Europe also held press briefings with strong turnouts on June 7 and June 11, respectively. 


As a result, WMF has generated a great deal of coverage, with news of the Watch appearing in more than 300 media outlets around the world, including USA Today, The New York Times, the Daily News, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, ABC News.com, Christian Science Monitor, BBC News, and NPR.


In conjunction with the Watch announcement, WMF developed a new website that is focused on the 2008 Watch sites, their principal threats, and the Watch selection process.  The website, which went live during the New York press conference, has already attracted nearly 100,000 visitors with an incredible one-day spike of more than 14,000 visitors. 


The Watch website now features even more information, including a complete year-by-year review of past Watch sites.  See it for yourself at www.worldmonumentswatch.org.  


Watch List

WMF Announces 2007 Kress European Preservation Program Awards
The World Monuments Fund has announced that the Kress Foundation European Preservation Program--a partnership between the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and WMF--has selected 11 historic sites in ten European countries to receive grants in 2007.  The individual grants will help ensure the preservation of significant architectural and artistic heritage sites. 


Projects include 14th-century frescoes in an Italian cemetery, subterranean Macedonian tombs in Greece, the fine interiors of a Georgian house in Ireland (photo), and 12th-century painted panels in the sanctuary of London's Westminster Abbey, among others in Spain, Georgia, Turkey, Latvia, France, and Poland.  Created in 1987, the Kress/WMF partnership has become synonymous with the highest international standards in conservation and has funded more than 150 projects in dozens of countries.  See the full list of awardees and read more about the Kress European Preservation Program.

In Focus: Sites of the Mayan Civilization

Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula contains some of the best preserved examples of architecture and urban settlements from the pinnacle of Maya culture (a.d. 800-1000). Temple pyramids, palaces, ritual ballcourts, and arches remain as testament to the sophistication of the Maya. Maya architecture of the Yucatán Peninsula has been compromised over time by exposure to the elements, which has deteriorated stone and mortar and destabilized monuments. The structural integrity of many of the buildings has been further compromised by inappropriate repairs implemented in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


WMF is delighted to announce that it has recently signed an agreement with the philanthropic arm of Banamex (Fomento Cultural Banamex), the State Government of Yucatan, and the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH) to fund conservation, archaeological research, and site interpretation projects at the Maya sites of Aké, Kabáh, Chichén Itzá, and Xocnaceh.  Direct­ing funding to teams of experts working at various sites, the initiative will couple best-practice conserva­tion measures with ongoing and new archaeological investigations. Exposed monuments will be further documented and those in poor condition will be treated and have their unsympathetic repairs reversed. Other program objectives include increasing public access and en­hancing site interpretation and presentation. Read more about WMF's work at Maya sites in Mexico. 

Summer School
As part of our Traditional Building Arts Training Initiative, WMF has launched a second season of a model field school dedicated to traditional building and historic preservation at the North Family Site of Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, New York. The project is a partnership with the Shaker Museum and Library, Preservation Trades Network, American College of the Building Arts, and University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning.  The Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark that was placed on both the 2004 and 2006 World Monuments Watch Lists of 100 Most Endangered Sites. The field school will serve as a model to be replicated at other WMF sites in the United States. 


The eight-week field school, which began on June 14, 2007, has brought together nine participants--four masonry apprentices and five graduate students--from institutions across the United States to work alongside experienced craftsman and academics.  The students at last year's field school helped document and restore the timber frame of the 1838 Village's North Family Shaker Granary; this summer's project is focused on documenting and restoring the rubble stone walls of the 1859 North Family Stone Barn (photo).  While the largest of its kind in North America, the barn has stood as a ruin since it burned in 1972.   Read more about the Traditional Building Arts Training Initiative. 

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