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World Heritage USA, the US National Commitee of ICOMOS

The primary U.S. organization supporting the World Heritage Convention and a wide spectrum of preservation activity both in the U.S. and abroad

aka US/ICOMOS   |   Washington, DC   |  www.WorldHeritageUSA.org

Mission

World Heritage USA, the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) promotes the conservation of world heritage and stronger connections to the global heritage community through advocacy, education, and the international exchange of people and ideas. As the only U.S. professional preservation organization with a global focus, World Heritage USA is the gateway for U.S. professionals to participate in worldwide heritage conservation. With over 700 members, World Heritage USA promotes strong ties between national, regional, private, and governmental organizations within the U.S. and the international preservation community.

Ruling year info

1974

President

Dr. Douglas C Comer PhD

Main address

1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 200

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

23-7366110

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

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World Heritage Advocacy & Advancement

We promote and advance U.S. participation in the World Heritage Convention and its programs, including advocacy for new World Heritage Sites in the U.S. and the protection of current sites. We do this via free bimonthly World Heritage Webinars, an annual Symposium and Conference, an annual World Heritage Celebration, and committees of members and officers dedicated to specific topics. More broadly, we advocate, educate, communicate, advise and participate as members and officers in ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites, an advisor to the World Heritage Committee) and its International Scientific Committees.

Population(s) Served

Since 1984, the International Exchange Program (IEP) has worked with heritage partners around the world to provide hands-on training opportunities for emerging cultural heritage professionals. To date, more than 700 interns from over 100 countries have participated in the program. The IEP sends participants from the United States to internship placements abroad and welcomes international participants to placements in the United States, in order to expose the next generation of heritage professionals to global best practices of historic preservation and heritage conservation. In this way, the program encourages the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and practices, enabling hosts and interns to learn from one another and increase their impact in the heritage field.

Population(s) Served

Over the last several years, the intersection of heritage, governance, and how citizens interact with pieces of the past has been present in the public eye. Americans all across the nation are beginning to question the history around them, and many are noticing that the monuments and historic fixtures in their communities are unsolicited reminders of a darker time in our nation’s history.

World Heritage USA has been awarded a grant by the Mellon Foundation to support the development of the Monuments Toolkit, a website and app aimed at answering questions about monuments of oppression. Upon completion of this project we will provide interactive maps, resources, decision guides, blog posts, podcasts, and webinars that create accessible spaces to learn about the past and put society’s best foot forward for the future.

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Academics
Young adults
Academics
Young adults

In addition to the International Exchange Program, World Heritage USA provides opportunities for emerging professionals to learn from and interact with each other, get involved with ICOMOS, and work on projects such as the International Underground Railroad initiative mapping international sites and the history of self liberation.

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World Heritage USA, the US National Commitee of ICOMOS

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
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Board chair

Dr. Douglas Comer

T. Jarvis

William Bell

Tom Cassidy

Emily Choi

Athline Clark

Milford Donaldson

Stephen Farneth

Claudia Guerra

Archer Harvey

Charles Musiba

Arleen Pabón-Charneco

Monica Rhodes

Helaine Silverman

Kate Perry

Ellen Delage