An early and influential supporter of the historic preservation movement, The J.M. Kaplan Fund has long believed in the value of cultural heritage. Whether at home in New York City—where we helped save treasured sites like Carnegie Hall from demolition—or at archaeological sites in the Mediterranean basin, where we helped conserve some of the world’s most iconic cultural assets, the Fund remains committed to preserving sites of world heritage quality that will continue to be enjoyed by a broad public in the future.
The Heritage Conservation program is currently focused on the following areas: the conservation of sites of Greco-Roman antiquity; the protection of cultural heritage sites threatened by armed conflict; and the preservation of sites that can elevate and inform heritage practice in the United States.
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Voices of Alabama, an oral history collaboration between World Monuments Fund and the African-American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium, launched online. This incredible resource allows users to “explore the stories of 20 sites of worship, lodging, and civic engagement in Birmingham, Montgomery, and across the Black Belt that played significant roles in the African-American struggle for freedom.”
The work of Shari Stocker and Jack Davis of the University of Cincinnati at the Greek site of Pylos has been featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Archaeology magazine. Read the article on their website.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute hosted a Legacy Youth Leadership Program in July, which enabled a group of 20 high school students from Birmingham to spend time at each of the Civil Rights Heritage Sites in the Consortium. This trip was the culmination of a twelve-week summer program intended to develop lifelong learners, productive citizens, and community leaders. Read more in the Birmingham Times.
The Idlib Antiquities Center has continued to document antiquities discovered while creating a bomb-shelter in Northern Syria thanks to the Fund’s ongoing support for the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Read more on CAORC’s website.
At the archaeological site of Delos, where the Fund has supported planning and site conservation in recent years, the artist Antony Gormley has installed a series of bodyform sculptures “re-inhabiting” the site. In part due to this uncommon exhibition, the site of Delos has enjoyed record visitation so far this year. Read more in the Smithsonian.