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WMF President Given Honorary Degree
WMF President Bonnie Burnham Receives Degree
On June 26, WMF President Bonnie Burnham received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Florida Southern College for her commitment to preserving the world's cultural heritage. The ceremony took place at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Florida Southern College, a 2008 Watch site, has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world.
Hidden Treasures in Toledo
11th-century paintings in San Clemente 
Two months ago, WMF began work at the medieval convent of San Clemente in Toledo, Spain, and hidden treasures are being unearthed behind walls and beneath layers of paint. Work in the chapterhouse has uncovered 16th-century painted plasterwork and yet-to-be-dated paintings. In a cloister entrance, we discovered 11th-century murals in a niche (above), which could be among the oldest surviving wall paintings in the entire city.
WMF Staff and Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn Travel Route 66
Hedy, Jeanne, and John on Route 66
Jeanne Tripplehorn, WMF's spokesperson and a star on HBO's Big Love, recently drove the entire length of Route 66, a 2008 Watch site. Along the way, she met up in New Mexico with John Stubbs, WMF's VP for Field Projects, and Hedy Roma, WMF's Director of Individual Giving. While in New Mexico, Jeanne explored Albuquerque and Santa Fe and did a photo shoot for a feature on her work for WMF in the November issue of Travel and Leisure.
Earthquake-Stricken Abbey Receives WMF Help
Damage to San Clemente
Following the devastating earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy in April, WMF is now working to save one of the more significant buildings in the region, the Abbey of San Clemente a Casauria, a Romanesque gem damaged in the earthquake. Help us conserve this 12th-century masterpiece.
WMF Experts Visit Iraq
WMF's Jeff Haney inspects brickwork
In June, WMF representatives met with Iraqi government officials at the famous ancient city of Babylon. WMF and the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage are working together to create a management plan and address the most urgent needs of the site. The management plan will bring together international experts in conservation, archaeology, and tourism, and strongly support training Iraqis for long-term stewardship of the site.
WMF Launches Two U.S. Field Schools
Student shellacks window casing inside the church
In addition to the summer field school at Mount Lebanon this summer, WMF is sponsoring a six-week preservation training program at the Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh, NY. Twelve local high-school students are getting hands-on preservation craft training from National Park Service instructors while helping to restore this National Historic Landmark structure. Each hardworking participant will graduate on August 21 with a new appreciation for the rich architectural fabric of their town and the craftsmanship that is needed to preserve it.
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