The economic and social benefits of World Heritage listing are not well understood in the United States. This conference will provide perspective on the impact of World Heritage designation as well as provide an opportunity to discuss lessons learned by a range of U.S. World Heritage sites. Hear from local, national and international heritage experts from World Heritage sites such as the recently inscribed Frank Lloyd Wright sites, and sites that have been listed for many years, such as Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. The symposium will also examine the potential for social and economic benefit to sites on the United States Tentative List, looking at ways to begin planning now for future benefit to local communities.

The 2019 Symposium will feature two exciting sessions:

Friday 8 November, 6:30 – 7:45 pm EST: “Benefitting from World Heritage Designation in the United States” Panel Discussion and Reception 

Join national experts for a discussion of the economic and social benefits of World Heritage designation in the U.S. Learn how World Heritage inscription for sites in the United States can enhance the conservation impact of protected areas, the economic vitality of adjacent communities, and the quality of the visitor experience.
This panel and reception are organized in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Cultural Heritage Management Program and will take place at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC). This event is free and requires separate registration. Please note that it will fill up quickly.

We advise our members to sign up soon at this link:
If you are unable to attend the panel in person, you can tune in via this Facebook page Direct LINK: on November 8 at 6:30 PM EST.

Saturday 9 November, 8:30 am – 4 pm EST: “Learning from Current U.S. World Heritage Sites and Planning for the Future.” 

Administrators, experts and local leaders will share the benefits and challenges of World Heritage inscription in the United States; compare and discuss strategies for how to maximize the benefits of inscription; and share planning for future inscription and benefit.

Speakers will include:
– Paul F. Reed – Chaco Canyon threats and opportunities / Archaeology Southwest
– Ray Berthelot – Poverty Point / Louisiana State Parks
– Justin Gunther – Frank Lloyd Wright Sites / Fallingwater
– Jeffrey Herr – Frank Lloyd Wright Sites / Hollyhock Ho
– Jennifer Aultman/Todd Kleismit –  Hopewell Earthworks/ Ohio Historic Connection
– Charlene Donchez Mowers – Moravian Church Settlements / Historic Bethlehem
– Dr. Glenn Eskew – Civil Rights Movement Sites/Georgia State University

This daylong symposium will take place at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (1740 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC). World Heritage USA members receive a significant membership discount. We encourage you to register now: