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.