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ICOMOS-USA Advocates for U.S. to Contribute to World Heritage Fund

On May 31, 2024, Thomas Cassidy, ICOMOS-USA Advocacy Chair, submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs regarding Fiscal Year 2025 Appropriations to the Department of State. In this testimony, Mr. Cassidy on behalf of ICOMOS-USA encourages payment of our nation’s…

We’re Hiring: ICOMOS-USA Development and Events Coordinator

ICOMOS-USA seeks a Development and Events Coordinator to join our administrative team. This role is intended to be full-time (40 hours/week) covering both Development and Events. However, part-time opportunities (20 hours/week) are available for applicants interested in either Development or Events. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing our…
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We Are Hiring! ICOMOS-USA seeks a Development and Events Coordinator to join our administrative team. This role is intended to be full-time; however, part-time opportunities are possible. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing our development efforts including annual giving, grant writing, and donor database, as well as the planning and execution of annual events. Apply by 1 July! Learn more: worldheritageusa.org/were-hiring-development-and-events-coordinator/ ... See MoreSee Less

We Are Hiring! ICOMOS-USA seeks a Development and Events Coordinator to join our administrative team. This role is intended to be full-time; however, part-time opportunities are possible. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing our development efforts including annual giving, grant writing, and donor database, as well as the planning and execution of annual events. Apply by 1 July! Learn more: https://worldheritageusa.org/were-hiring-development-and-events-coordinator/

📣 📣 📣 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (@USACHP) is now recruiting for the position of Director of the Office of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples in Washington, DC. OTIP Director is a critical senior management position within the ACHP that reports to the executive director and operates under his general supervision. Learn more and apply: buff.ly/3RfdV5L ... See MoreSee Less

The ACHP is now accepting applications for the position of Director of the Office of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples in Washington, DC. The OTIP Director is a critical senior management position within the ACHP that reports to the executive director and operates under his general supervision. The application period closes on July 2, 2024. Please share with your networks. Learn more: www.achp.gov/news/achp-seeking-applicants-director-office-tribal-and-indigenous-peoples

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Thank you, Steve Morris, for your decades of service to World Heritage, UNESCO, ICOMOS, and international cooperation and exchange. You will be missed!After 36 years with the National Park Service, the past 22 years with USNPS International Affairs, we bid farewell and wish a long and happy retirement to our Chief, Steve Morris, who retires tomorrow.

After a year working as contractor with the NPS, Steve began his federal career with the NPS Cultural Resources program. He later worked with the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program, served as Acting Superintendent of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park before joining the USNPS International Affairs staff in 2002 as the World Heritage Coordinator. In this role, Steve helped lead the U.S.’s election to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee – the first time in a decade that the U.S. had done so.

Steve took over as full-time chief of USNPS International Affairs in 2006 and among his first major roles was as the lead for NPS on the U.S. delegation to the World Heritage Committee. Steve’s interventions on behalf of the U.S. at the Committee on a variety of technical and policy issues over the four years we served (2006-2009) received widespread praise from other Committee members as well as the “advisory bodies” to the World Heritage Committee for upholding the highest standards of the Unesco World Heritage Convention. Thanks largely to Steve, the NPS and the United States were once again viewed as leaders in the World Heritage community.

Steve led us through many challenges but also many successes, as he shepherded the nominations and inscription of several U.S. sites onto the List of World Heritage Sites, including Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Poverty Point World Heritage Site, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the 20th Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Steve helped set up the U.S. World Heritage Fellowship program, which (with funding from the United Nations Foundation ) provided World Heritage managers in the developing world opportunities to receive training and experience at (and share their expertise with) NPS units also designated as World Heritage sites. Over the years, nearly 20 fellows served as Fellows in over 10 U.S. World Heritage sites. The Fellowship is a model for other countries looking for ways to improve the management and conservation of World Heritage sites across the globe.

Steve also helped create and implement two other novel international capacity building initiatives: The International Park Managers Roundtable (IPMR) and the Learning from our Colleagues Abroad (LFOCA).

IMPR was inspired by the NPS’s Superintendents Roundtable (SLR) – in this case, connecting a group of NPS superintendents with park managers in Parks Victoria (Australia) over a two year term of facilitated virtual sessions. Initiated during the Covid pandemic, IMPR has proven so popular that it will be continued for future sessions, with the possibility of expanding to additional countries.

LFOCA was facilitated by a private donor to the National Park Foundation and offers opportunities for NPS superintendents and deputy superintendents to connect with counterparts overseas and learn new practices and perspectives in park management, which can help them achieve the NPS mission better back home.

Steve oversaw the development of dozens of international agreements and sister park arrangements, implemented technical assistance projects funded by the U.S. State Department - OES, USAID - US Agency for International Development and others, met with thousands of individuals coming through DC on official visits, and generally did everything he could to facilitate NPS engagement with the larger world of which we are all a part.

He leaves behind a significant legacy of leadership of NPS’s international mission – the NPS and the world has greatly benefitted from this service.
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Thank you, Steve Morris, for your decades of service to World Heritage, UNESCO, ICOMOS, and international cooperation and exchange. You will be missed!

💡Though each of our April Webinar speakers discussed different aspects of heritage preservation during conflict, they all emphasized the importance of people and communities during conservation and recovery efforts

📺 “Through the Lens of the Venice Charter: Ukraine and Cambodia” is now live on our YouTube Channel! Click here to watch: youtu.be/lWp-GVTdUUw?si=iCeoqIExf2Jjjv2T

#webinar #worldheritage #conservation #culturalheritage #heritageinconflict #preservation #historicpreservation #venicecharter #venicecharter60 #IDMS2024 #ICOMOS #WorldHeritageUSA

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💡Though each of our April Webinar speakers discussed different aspects of heritage preservation during conflict, they all emphasized the importance of people and communities during conservation and recovery efforts

📺 “Through the Lens of the Venice Charter: Ukraine and Cambodia” is now live on our YouTube Channel! Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/lWp-GVTdUUw?si=iCeoqIExf2Jjjv2T

#webinar #worldheritage #conservation #culturalheritage #heritageinconflict #preservation #historicpreservation #venicecharter #venicecharter60 #IDMS2024 #ICOMOS #WorldHeritageUSA

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Venice Charter at 60🙌 Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Venice Charter with ICOMOS! (Article 15/16)

Article 15: 'Excavations should be carried out in accordance with scientific standards and the recommendation defining international principles to be applied in the case of archaeological excavation adopted by UNESCO in 1956.

Ruins must be maintained and measures necessary for the permanent conservation and protection of architectural features and of objects discovered must be taken. Furthermore, every means must be taken to facilitate the understanding of the monument and to reveal it without ever distorting its meaning.

All reconstruction work should however be ruled out "a priori". Only anastylosis, that is to say, the reassembling of existing but dismembered parts can be permitted. The material used for integration should always be recognizable and its use should be the least that will ensure the conservation of a monument and the reinstatement of its form.'

Is anastylosis the preferable solution when it comes to reconstruction?
💬 Answer with YES or NO and explain your answer!

🌐 Celebrate the anniversary of the Venice Charter: use #VeniceCharter #VeniceCharter60 and tag us at International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)!

#ICOMOS #CulturalHeritage #HeritageConservation #HistoricSites #Monuments
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Call for abstracts 👇📣 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: #ICOMOS TheoPhilos Conference 'Authenticity from a European Perspective: 30 Years of the Nara Document on Authenticity' | Thessaloniki 🇬🇷, 28-29 November

✒️ As the 30th anniversary of the Nara Document on #Authenticity (1994) is nearing, the aim of this conference is to comprehensively discuss the concept of authenticity in the context of the theory and practice of #CulturalHeritage protection in Europe.

Abstracts of the proposed papers are to be based on one of the 3 following sessions:
1️⃣ The Concept of Authenticity as an Element of #Conservation Theory
2️⃣ The Analysis of Authenticity in #HeritageProtection
3️⃣ Authenticity as a Parameter in Conservation Practice – Critical Analysis of Examples

🔴 Abstracts submission deadline: 15/09/24 🔴
📝 Submission form: buff.ly/3wHxKvp
ℹ️ More info: buff.ly/4arDC9R
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