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2008 Hadrian Award
WMF's 2008 Hadrian Award will be presented to Houghton, Doreen, and Graeme Freeman and the Freeman Foundation for their extraordinary
commitment to historic preservation in China and Japan.
The gala award presentation will take place at the Plaza in New York on Thursday, October 16, 2008. 
For additional information or to purchase tickets, please contact WMF at (646) 424-9594 or visit our website.
WMF VP to Give Lecture
Field Projects Vice President John Stubbs will give a lecture entitled "Ankor Wat: Past and Future Symbols of Cambodia" at the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco on Friday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, visit the de Young's website. 
Angkor Trip in February 2009
WMF has been working at the archaeological park in Angkor, Cambodia, for almost 20 years, training Cambodian workers in conservation techniques. We are offering a trip this February to let our members get an insider's glimpse of our work at this magnificent place, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Churning of the Sea of Milk gallery at the iconic Angkor Wat, and the vast monastic complex of Preah Khan.
Cultural Heritage Damaged in Georgia
We at WMF join the world in mourning those who died during the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia. We have learned that the magnificent 12th-century Ikorta Church, which we restored after the devastating 1991 earthquake, was bombed during the conflict. Detailed information about the extent of the damage to the church is still difficult to obtain, but we are working with our colleagues to learn more.
Tate Exhibition Featuring Queluz Statues
Queluz Statues in WorkshopSeveral important lead statues (left) from the gardens of Queluz Palace, near Lisbon, Portugal, will be on display at Tate Britain in London from October 2008 to March 2009. They are the work of John Cheere, one of the great British sculptors of the 18th century. WMF Britain has spearheaded the campaign to restore them in conjunction with WMF Portugal.
Striking Back at Looters
Unexcavated Structure in Naranjo
Once a major Maya city, Naranjo has been under siege by looters for decades and was Watch-listed in 2006. WMF's project to map the plundered buildings and create a database that can be applied to sites elsewhere in the region has just received a major grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.
Watch Update: Headfort House, Ireland
Headfort Interior
The principal rooms of Headfort House in Kells, County Meath, a 2004 Watch site, are the only major commission of famous 18th-century Scottish architect Robert Adam to survive in Ireland. In 1949 the owners leased most of the building to the new Headfort School; a long period of deferred maintenance left the stunning interiors in a dilapidated state (photo above shows the "Eating Parlour" during restoration). WMF Britain is leading the effort to rejuvenate these interiors.
WMF Welcomes Two New Field Programs Staff
Erica Avrami and Amy FreitagWMF recently welcomed two new staff members. Erica Avrami (left) is our new Director of Research and Education. She is managing the World Monuments Watch and will work on other programs, including the Sustainable Tourism Initiative. From 1994 to 2006, she worked at the Getty Conservation Institute. She is in the final stages of earning her Ph.D. in planning and public policy at Rutgers University.
Amy Freitag (right) is the new Director for U.S. Programs. She was previously Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects in New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation, and, prior to that, Executive Director of the Historic House Trust of New York City.
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