Cultural Heritage Digest – Week of 4/5/20

In a new series, I will be posting links to interesting cultural heritage-related news I have read in the past week (forgive me, some of these may be a couple weeks old). Links to the articles are below:

+ In moments of crisis, people need culture.

+ Will people still be afraid of large crowds after social distancing measures have been lifted?

+ Educational resources from National Trust for Historic Preservation to experience and learn about historic sites virtually as well as tips to support local businesses while we are social-distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

+ Preservationist, Virginia Savage McAlester, author of A Field Guide to American Houses, passed away last Thursday. Read about her life and work here.

+ The Financial constraints of US/ICOMOS (United States Chapter of the International Council of Monuments and Sites) during the time of Coronavirus due to dips in the economy and the canceling of fundraising events. If you can, I urge you to join as a member or donate to support US/ICOMOS and their mission to protect our heritage.

+ UNESCO wrote an open letter to respond to the construction project at the Archaeological Site of Nahr El-Kalb in Lebanon, which may negatively impact on the site and its World Heritage inscription. The site is currently on the Tentative List for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

+ Turkey has applied for the registration of four elements (including calligraphy and the tea culture) on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

+ Tartu, Estonia has enrolled in the international Green Destinations program for sustainable tourism.

+ Difficulties in performing construction work during Covid-19.

+ NYC historic building owners: if your building needs repairs, here’s how to apply for a low interest loan from Landmarks Conservancy, which will provide technical and financial assistance to owners of historic buildings.

+ The Preservation League of New York State awarded grants to restore and reuse the following sites: Historic Saranac Lake, the Adirondack Experience museum and the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

+ UNESCO calls member states and memory institutions to document the Covid-19 outbreak.

+ With limited tourism from Coronavirus, the sea life is coming back to Venice’s typically crowded and polluted waters. For many years, Venice has been experiencing a number of issues due to sea level rise as well as the negative social, physical, and environmental impacts of mass tourism, specifically the cruise ships.

Main image: Seaweed can be seen in clear waters in Venice as a result of the stoppage of motorboat traffic. Photograph: Andrea Pattaro/AFP via Getty Images

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