Stephen Morris to hold discussion on World Heritage Sites at Cincinnati Museum Center

There are over 900 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that have been determined to be of special importance to the international community. These sites are often culturally, physically and/or naturally significant, and are constantly facing issues that threaten their authenticity and preservation.

It requires a great deal of work and coordination to preserve these sites, and on Thursday, April 7 Cincinnatians will have a chance to hear about the role the United States plays in preserving and promoting such sites.

Stephen Morris, from the National Park Service and World Heritage Program, will participate in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s monthly Insights Lecture Series. The lecture, entitled Conserving World Treasures: History & Future of World Heritage from U.S. Perspective, is free and open to the public.

Event organizers say that Morris will discuss the history and continuing relationship between the National Park Service and the UNESCO World Heritage Program. Morris is also expected to discuss site designations and the overall challenges facing many of the world’s most culturally and naturally significant treasures.

One such project is ancient Troy where the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical & Archaeological Sites (CERHAS) has partnered with the Troia Projekt of the University of Tubingen to deal with such challenging issues at that World Heritage Site.

Conserving World Treasures: History & Future of World Heritage from U.S. Perspective will take place inside the Reakirt Auditorium at the Cincinnati Museum Center (map) and will begin at 7:30pm.

Cincinnati Museum Center photograph by Thadd Fiala for UrbanCincy.

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  • Matt Jacob

    Great picture.

    After reviewing the UNESCO website, it appears that the United States is far under-served in their recognition of World Heritage Sites and that all of the site on the US Tentative List were submitted by the Department of the Interior. Any idea why there are so few here or if only the DOI can submit applications?

    I guess where I’m really going with this is can’t we get Union Terminal on the list….here’s to dreaming….

  • @Matt Jacob: I think the reality is that the United States is quite young and has very few sites that are of cultural significance to the international community. There are certainly a good deal of naturally significant sites, but I’m just not sure what could be included outside of that.

    I mean really, what in the U.S. compares with the Acropolis, ancient Troy or Chichen Itza?

  • Matt Jacob

    Serpent Mound and other Native American remnants are very comparable. And although we are a young nation, we have developed modern technology; such as flight, the first skyscrapers, and nuclear energy; that has changed the world and touched every culture in it.