In this Issue:** Inter-American Symposium** Executive Director’s Report** Specialized Committee News** ICOMOS Scientific Journal** Meeting of the Board of Trustees** MilestonesUS/ICOMOS TO SPONSOR INTER-AMERICAN SYMPOSIUM ON AUTHENTICITYAs the concept of cultural heritage has expanded from its European-based origins to encompass the entire world, and to include cultural properties beyond the movement’s early monumental vision, a number of principles that were once held to be of universal value have been thrown into question. When preservation traveled into non-Western cultures and newly-defined fields of heritage, the globally accepted principles advanced by international charters – first the Charter of Athens, and later the Venice Charter and its derivative documents – were found in many instances to have only limited relevance to the problems faced in conserving and interpreting historic artifacts, objects, buildings, structures, districts and sites. Authenticity as traditionally defined in the Venice Charter has been a core concept to the documentation and evaluation of a cultural resource. Furthermore, it is the principal criterion for acceptance into the World Heritage List, and, in western cultures, it has become the primary guide to the documentation process, to the selection of appropriate preservation techniques and to the establishment of site management and monitoring plans.However, the traditional definition of “authenticity” (or integrity, as the concept is defined in the US) has been particularly difficult to apply to the more recent heritage categories of cultural landscapes, vernacular architectural sites and to the cultural heritage of living traditional cultures. Some countries, such as Japan, where authenticity is applied to traditional construction techniques rather than building fabric, have had to freely interpret internationally-held standards developed principally in Europe in order to make them relevant to their cultural milieu.Because ICOMOS provides the broadest world forum for the global preservation community, it has been in its midst that the greatest debates on the subject have ensued. One fundamental concern about authenticity has centered around its definition and ways to measure it. Springing form the requirements of the World Heritage Convention, which dictate the difficult task of identifying and measuring site authenticity in order to establish its significance and to assure its preservation, the discussion has now spread to all levels of the preservation field. The debate on authenticity began to take concrete form during the 1993 ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium in Sri Lanka. Too complex to solve in a single debate, the topic was opened for global discussion during the following triennium, building up to the next General Assembly to be held in October 1996 in Bulgaria. So far, three sequential meetings of specialists on the subject have been held: one in Norway, one in Italy and the last in Nara, Japan, in November 1994. Subsequent to the last of the sessions, ICOMOS Secretary General Jean-Louis Luxen recommended that the topic continue to be discussed in depth at the regional level throughout the world in order to present final recommendations at the General Assembly in Sofia. Responding to this call on behalf of the New World, US/ICOMOS is planning to sponsor an Inter-American Symposium on the topic in San Antonio, Texas, from the 24 to the 29th of March 1996 to accommodate such a discussion at the level of the Americas. Using the hemispheric network of ICOMOS, the Inter-American Symposium will include participation from all the American nations which have established ICOMOS National Committees.Among the immediate goals is to bring about a deeper understanding of the meaning and the role of authenticity in the preservation process at both the national and the continental level. Traditionally linked to “integrity” in US preservation policy and standards, the concept of authenticity now encompasses a broader range of implications that will bear directly on the selection and the type of preservation treatments, as well as the validity of restoration and the approaches to the interpretation of the cultural heritage. Another objective is to thrust the US preservation community farther into the international preservation arena, where our principles and practices may be discussed openly and comparatively with colleagues from nations that, like ours, have complex, pluriethnic societies composed of a broad range of cultures proceeding from all over the world.CALL FOR U.S. PAPERSTo contribute to the symposium’s dialogue, each hemispheric nation will be asked to prepare and submit a position paper that will respond to the guidelines drawn by the Symposium’s Scientific Committee, which is composed Margaret Mac Lean (Chair), Nora Mitchell, Michael Taylor and Randolph Langenbach. The Scientific Committee will also be in charge of drafting the US position paper. In order to assist them and to assure that their work is broad-based, US/ICOMOS is requesting from its members essays on the topic as it relates to the conservation, interpretation and management of historic urban districts, individual works of architecture (traditional, vernacular and modern), cultural landscapes and archeological sites. Essays should be 600 words maximum, and should be received at US/ICOMOS by August 15. All members wishing to share their views are encouraged to submit their work, which, with the author’s consent, US/ICOMOS will attempt to publish in a timely fashion. REPORT FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORAfter three months in his new position, US/ICOMOS Executive Director Gustavo Araoz presented a report on the organization’s recent activities to the Board of Trustees at its April 29 meeting. Describing the previous twelve weeks as “exhilarating and challenging,” Mr. Araoz summarized the recent work of US/ICOMOS as a multi-pronged approach driven by 3 immediate goals:1. STRENGTHEN THE LINKS WITH OUR MEMBERS BY EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES AND SERVICESMr. Araoz emphasized the importance of making membership in US/ICOMOS a worthwhile investment in terms of time and commitment. To do so, he has proposed that the Specialized Committees be recognized as one of the great forces that direct US/ICOMOS as well as ICOMOS worldwide. As such, priority support must be provided for the development and implementation of their programs, and each committee must attain an international projection. To this end, he proposed for every Specialized Committee to develop and meet an annual program and budget; starting in 1996, to produce one annual specialized newsletter; to participate in at least one specialized international event through its Chair, an officer or a delegated committee member; and to contribute to the Publications Program by producing at least one biennial original specialized topical work to the “Occasional Papers Series” or to the Annual Technical Bulletin that is being contemplated. In return, US/ICOMOS will provide each Specialized Committee with the $10 Supplemental Dues from each of its members for use in implementing its program; print and distribute its newsletter; seek financial support for committee programs and participation in international events; print and sell the “Occasional Paper.”Mr. Araoz also expressed his intention to expand opportunities for members’ participation in international conservation activities through Professional Services Contracts whereby US/ICOMOS will obtain consulting contracts for professional advisory services in the conservation and management of cultural resources. While US/ICOMOS has done this in the past, staff will have no direct project involvement other than an administrative one. All professional services will be rendered by US/ICOMOS members who will be competitively selected on the basis of their qualifications and in response to published membership-wide requests for proposals. To accomplish the selection, a Credentials Committee will be established for each required discipline in any contract. This Committee’s members also will be drawn from our own membership and will be appointed on the basis of their professional recognition, experience, achievements and the absence of conflicts of interest.US/ICOMOS will continue to identify and support overseas training opportunities in the form of courses, seminars, symposia and the like. As in the past, staff will also endeavor to obtain financial support to make that participation feasible.Mr. Araoz manifested his intention to bring international activities to the United States, stating that “equally important to sending our members abroad is bringing the expertise of our foreign colleagues to the United States.” He emphasized that it is important that events take place not necessarily in Washington, but in those places in the country where they will make the most sense and have the greatest impact.Finally, he suggested that in order to really be successful in spreading international exposure throughout the whole United States, US/ICOMOS should explore the feasibility of establishing regional US/ICOMOS work groups in areas where there is a considerable density of members who are willing to cooperate.2. STRENGTHEN EXISTING PROGRAMS AND DEVELOP NEW ONES TO REACTIVATE THE ORGANIZATION AND HELP IT MEETS ITS OBJECTIVESIn addressing his second goal, the new Executive Director identified the Summer Intern Program as extremely important, and among the ones to be maintained and expanded to mid- and advanced-career levels to establish our members as important participants in the global preservation dialogue. In his report, Mr. Araoz appealed to all members to look at their organizations and among local preservation colleagues for opportunities to host a Summer Intern next year.Another activity singled out is the US/ICOMOS World Heritage Program, which needs to be focused and expanded through consultation with the World Heritage Committee, ICOMOS Headquarters in Paris, the US World Heritage Inter-Agency Panel, and others knowledgeable about the World Heritage Convention. To expand awareness of the topic, he has proposed that US/ICOMOS’ educational session at this year’s National Trust Annual Conference examine the United States involvement in the World Heritage Convention, with special attention to our future role in it.As for new programs, Mr. Araoz’ report identified the first item of business as the development of a descriptive list of tentative programs that would capitalize on the organization’s past success, reflect the needs expressed by members, and respond to available opportunities. Early on, it explained, the decision was made not to duplicate any efforts or programs being conducted by other organizations. Overall resources are too skimpy to waste on redundant tasks, and time is too limited to be competing with our sister organizations.A number of initiatives have been advanced, with some still under study. Mr. Araoz expressed the hope that more will be generated by the Specialized Committees as they gather internal momentum. Nevertheless, he identified two important ones that are moving ahead: a symposium dealing with the question of authenticity in conservation for all ICOMOS National Committees of the Americas; and a Cultural Tourism Planning Symposium in partnership with ICOMOS-Ukraine to be held in Kiev as part of the US/ICOMOS initiative to cooperate with the ICOMOS National Committees of the former Soviet Bloc. The Cultural Tourism Symposium is being developed as the first step in a joint initiative with other organizations to adapt and export to Central and Eastern Europe some of our successful programs in generating and empowering grassroots preservation movements.A third new priority initiative, still embryonic because of its complexity, is the development of an electronic Database featuring the detailed qualifications of ICOMOS members who wish to participate, and made universally accessible through the Internet. The purpose of the database is to promote consultation in order to avoid duplication of effort and to facilitate the pairing of individuals and institutions pursuing similar concerns. It will also allow the identification of individual members that possess a specific set of qualifications. Since there are similar initiatives being contemplated elsewhere, US/ICOMOS will coordinate with other organizations before launching this effort.3. BUILD UP OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SISTER ORGANIZATIONSArmed with this list of programs and ideas, a delegation from US/ICOMOS has visited several organizations and funding sources to discuss our objectives in the hope of identifying possible areas of cooperation and securing funding.In all these meetings, unwavering and enthusiastic support for US/ICOMOS and its programs was encountered. The possibilities for partnerships are becoming broader, and a good working relationship with key staff at many sister organizations is rapidly emerging. This is an ongoing task that will continue to be developed and nurtured.Describing the path ahead, the report indicated that in spite of the good early signs, only the surface has been scratched in terms of what needs to be done. Perhaps appropriate to our name, the task remains monumental. The report concluded with a call for broad collaboration among staff, Board and members. CULTURAL HERITAGE AT RISKNo Exit Before PyramidsAs reported by the UNESCOPRESSE, the Egyptian Government today agreed to UNESCO’s proposal to divert an eight-lane highway originally planned to cut through the World Heritage Site of the Pyramid Fields. In a joint statement released in Cairo, Egypt and UNESCO agreed to alternative highway routes “to the north of the Pyramids World Heritage Site, avoiding any type of crossing of the plateau.” The statement was released by a team of six UNESCO experts and a committee made up of representatives of the Egyptian Ministries of Culture, Defense, Local Administration, Reconstruction and New Communities and the Governorate of Giza. “The Committee agreed on the importance of the conservation of the full integrity of the site, taking into consideration the crucial requirement of sustainable development of Greater Cairo.” Further progress was also reported on efforts to remove other encroachments within the Pyramid fields, including two large refuse dumps within the site and plans for 3,000 family housing units within a kilometer of Cheops at Kafr el Gabal.Advanced planning for the highway had been reported in the international press, including The Washington Post, despite its conflict with Egyptian law and the nation’s obligations under the World Heritage Convention.Dam Construction Threatens Rock Art in PortugalIn a similar move, a UNESCO mission has advised the Portuguese government to suspend construction of a dam that threatens to submerge hundreds of prehistoric rock carvings near the northeastern village of Vila Nova de Fozcoa in order to allow time for an in-depth study of the entire site. The site is threatened not only by the dam project, but also by vandalism due to the renown of the site and the lowering of the Coa River water level after repairs to an earlier dam project upstream. The site includes hundreds of carvings of horses, deer, oxen and other animals, some as large as two meters high, spread over 15 km along the valley. It is reputedly among the most beautiful and richest of such sites in Europe.EDP, the Portuguese electric company, has indicated that the dam could generate 20% of Portugal’s electric needs.Albania’s Antiquities at RiskAlbania’s cultural heritage is in danger of disappearing into an underworld of private collectors, according to archaeologist Judith A. Rasson in an article in News in Brief, March/April 1995, of the International Research and Exchanges Board. In the years since the “Transformation” of 1989-1990, museums have suffered major thefts, and illegal excavations on archaeological sites have resulted in losses of undetermined magnitude. The fall of communism and the economic crisis brought about the dissipation of state protection for antiquities, while the end of international isolation brought new exposure to world trade in these objects. The laws protecting antiquities are adequate; the problem is a lack of personnel to prevent theft.Royal Tombs in Downtown Beirut?Elie Wardini of the Department of East-European and Oriental Studies, University of Oslo, has sent an urgent appeal to Michel Edde, Minister of Culture and Higher Education, Beirut, Lebanon. Reports circulated in the academic community about a possible location of Bronze Age royal tombs scheduled to be bulldozed in the course of the reconstruction of Beirut center. Lebanese authorities were urged to halt construction until a qualified team of archaeologists can investigate the site. NEWS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIZED COMMITTEESVernacular ArchitectureA meeting of the International Specialized Committee on Vernacular Architecture will be hosted by the Guatemalan National Committee on May 24- 28. During the meeting, the following roster of officers will be submitted for election by its members: President: Christoph Machat of Germany; Vice Presidents: Blanca Niño Norton of Guatemala, Augusto Villalon of Philippines, Miles Lewis of Australia; Secretary General: Alain Lafrenière of Canada.The US/ICOMOS voting member on the Committee is Carter Hudgins of Charleston, SC, Chair of US/ICOMOS Committee on Vernacular Architecture.After convening in Guatemala City, the committee will visit Antigua, Lake Atitlan; the archaeological site of Iximche; Santiago Atitlan; Chichicastenango and the World Heritage Site of Tikal. NEWS OF THE NATIONAL SPECIALIZED COMMITTEESCommittee on Communications, Information and Technology (CCIT)This new administrative committee was established by the Board of Trustees to promote the more effective use of telecommunications by and among ICOMOS members. Among the new projects are several electronic mailing lists; expansion of the ICOMOS World Wide Web and gopher servers; and the development of a database of e-mail addresses for US/ICOMOS members. Because we recognize that many members will not have electronic access, we plan to use this space in forthcoming newsletters to keep members abreast of communications issues as they relate to the interests of the organization.At its April 29th meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a new electronic mailing list, “usicomos,” for all members of US/ICOMOS and friends of international heritage conservation. Any message sent to the list address (firstname.lastname@example.org) will automatically be redistributed to all the subscribers to the list. The list can be used to alert members to important legislative initiatives, to ICOMOS affairs, and for discussion of more general issues related to the mission of the organization. We anticipate that the list will also be used by the specialized committees to announce new program initiatives, events and publications. To subscribe to the list, send an electronic mail message to email@example.com. In the body of the message include the single line, ‘subscribe usicomos’ (without the quotes).The Committee is also recommending that smaller mailing lists be established by the specialized committees for the conduct of their own committee business. The Communications Committee has already established such a list.Among other projects: * Electronic mail addresses will be added to membership information. If you have an e-mail address, be sure to include it on the renewal form when you renew your membership. * The US/ICOMOS headquarters will have an electronic mail address by June, and its e-mail address will be announced in the next newsletter.Among the new Internet resources announced in April are the new gopher for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (gopher://gopher.ncptt.nps.gov), and a new World Wide Web page for the cultural preservation programs of the National Park Service (http://www.cr.nps.gov).The Communications Committee consists of Peter Brink, William Chapman, Arlene Fleming, James Kiernan, Randolph Langenbach, Spencer Leineweber, Margaret Mac Lean, Darwina Neal, Loretta Neumann, John Poppeliers, Peter Stott and Patricia Williams. William Chapman chairs the Subcommittee on Publications.Peter Stott, CCIT Chair,firstname.lastname@example.orgNew Specialized Committees ProposedIn the course of the past three months, four new initiatives for National Specialized Committees have been put forward: Brick Masonry, proposed by Blaine Cliver of Washington, DC, and Elena Charola of New York; Legislation, proposed by Stephen Dennis of Washington, DC; Site Security, proposed by Roger Wulff and David Liston of Washington, DC; and Inventories and Surveys, proposed by Arlene Fleming of Great Falls, VA.The Brick Masonry Specialized Committee is being proposed to address the conservation of this material, which has never been sufficiently covered by two other committees that conceivably could do so: Stone and Earthen Architecture. As a leader in the conservation of brick masonry, it is appropriate that the United States should take this initiative. The committee organizers have expressed their intention to consider the development of specialized international training opportunities in this field.The Site Security Committee proposes to provide information services on the physical protection of monuments and sites, including risk management, security, fire protection, visitor and staff safety, facilities and building management, emergency planning and preparedness, and liaison with policing and legislative bodies for prevention and recovery of cultural losses.The Legislation Committee will aim to help US/ICOMOS members stay abreast of key developments in US federal, state and local legislation affecting cultural resources, as well as legislative developments in other countries with potential relevance to our national needs.The Inventories Committee is intended to track developments in surveying and inventory techniques and their applicability to a broad number of initiatives, such as emergency preparedness, the Global Strategy proposal for the World Heritage List, etc.Members interested in participating in any of the proposed committees should contact US/ICOMOS.Training Committee Chair SoughtUS/ICOMOS is seeking candidates to fill the vacant Chair of the Specialized Committee on Training. The Training Committee aims to promote the application of guidelines and standards for education and training in the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage; to develop an international network of conservation educators related to university and vocational training, international training, and training of educators. Interested qualified parties may submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and a proposed plan of committee activities and programs to US/ICOMOS by June 15 for consideration. CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE ICOMOS SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL 1995 NO.2The second number of the ICOMOS Scientific Journal will contain papers by members of ICOMOS. The scope and coverage of the papers, which may relate to archaeology, architecture or landscapes, will be wide-ranging and could include discussion on the following themes: ethnics and ecology; aesthetics and philosophies; historical influences; project evaluation and control; repair techniques; materials; reuse and new use; legal issues; inspection, recording and monitoring; management and interpretation.Contributions may be in English or French and should be between 2,000 and 6,000 words in length. Papers should be submitted to ICOMOS no later than July 31, 1995. Send papers to Bernadette Rault, ICOMOS, 75 rue du Temple, 75003 Paris, France; tel: 33-1-184.108.40.206; fax: 33-1-220.127.116.11, with copy to US/ICOMOS.The first page of each paper should contain: the title of the article, the author’s name, a brief biographical note and a descriptive abstract of about 150 words. The author’s full address, telephone and fax number should also be provided.Illustrations in limited numbers are invited and should accompany the manuscript, but not be included in the text. Photographs and line drawings should be numbered consecutively and should be camera-ready. Captions should be typed together in the order in which they appear, on a separate sheet. Photographs should be good quality positives, printed from original negatives, in black and white, but good quality color transparencies are also acceptable.Authors will receive a complimentary copy of the number in which their paper appears. Otherwise, copies of the Journal will be available to members at US $10, and to non-members at US $20, excluding postage. MEETING OF THE US/ICOMOS BOARD OF TRUSTEESOn April 29, the US/ICOMOS Board of Trustees met in Washington for its second of three meetings in 1995. After hearing reports from the Chair, the Executive Director and the Standing Committees, the Board expressed its approval of the broad approach that is being pursued to engage more members in international preservation activities and to recruit new ones. In order to add to its ability to guide the organization, the Board voted to invite the directors of the Society for American Archaeology, the American Association of Museums/ICOM, the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society of Architectural Historians to sit as ex-officio members. In analyzing the difficult financial environment that all preservation organizations are facing, the Board encouraged the development of aggressive strategies to secure a solid funding base for permanent programs and special projects. Before adjourning, Board members pledged generous personal contributions to sustain the activities of the organization. U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SUBVENTIONAs in years past, US/ICOMOS received 1995 Congressional funding for its programs through a National Park Service subvention. Part of the funds received are destined to support US/ICOMOS activities related to meeting our national obligations under the World Heritage Convention. The specific World Heritage programs to be funded each year are identified through close consultation between the National Park Service and US/ICOMOS. Another portion of the funds is destined to support US/ICOMOS international programs. Given the 1995 fiscal difficulties, this year’s subvention would not have been possible without support from key National Park Service officials who recognize the importance of US/ICOMOS programs: Director Roger Kennedy, Deputy Director John Reynolds, Deputy Associate Director for Culture Roland Bowers and US/ICOMOS Liaison John Poppeliers. ICOMOS DRAFT RECORDING GUIDELINESA copy of the ICOMOS draft guidelines for the recording of monuments, groups of buildings and cultural sites, was distributed to the Chairmen of all ICOMOS National Committees for comment. The document was prepared as a joint effort of several national institutions in the United Kingdom and in France. The task was undertaken in view of the importance of precise up- to-date documentation of monuments, groups of buildings and sites, particularly when undertaking repairs and restoration, and for the need to provide control of site works and urban planning. The revised text will be presented for adoption at the next ICOMOS General Assembly in Sofia, Bulgaria, in October 1996.Members who wish to receive a copy should contact US/ICOMOS. Comments or proposed modifications should be sent to US/ICOMOS as soon as possible. MEETING BETWEEN US/ICOMOS AND ICOMOS CANADAThe newly-elected Chairman of ICOMOS Canada, Herb Stovel, recently met with US/ICOMOS Chair Ann Webster Smith and Executive Director Gustavo Araoz to exchange views on the activities of the two committees and to identify areas of possible cooperation. Mr. Stovel fully supported US/ICOMOS’ initiative to pursue a continuation of the authenticity debate at the hemispheric level and has committed the Canadian Committee to active participation. Another important area of collaboration is that of the specialized committees of the two nations, each of which is being urged to establish permanent links with its counterpart in the neighboring country. Close links already exist between the US National Park Service and Parks Canada, and it is only natural that our ICOMOS specialized committees establish a working relationships to address many of the similar challenges that we share. GRANTS AVAILABLE TO US/ICOMOS MEMBERSUS/ICOMOS will act as a nonprofit sponsor for members who wish to solicit grants for specific uses that advance the goals and objectives and extend the influence of US/ICOMOS. The primary aim of these grants is to advance the work of the US/ICOMOS National Specialized Committees; to insure US/ICOMOS member participation and representation at international conferences and symposia; and to make available to members international training courses and programs that promote international standards and guidelines in preservation and conservation.In 1995, US/ICOMOS has successfully obtained grants to support the following international activities of US/ICOMOS members: Cultural Landscape Committee Co-Chairs Charles Birnbaum and Robert Page to attend the conference, Techniques and Uses of Garden Archaeology in London; Robert E. Stipe to lecture for the third year at the Academia Istropolitana in Bratislava, Slovakia; Elena Charola to participate in the scientific and organizing committees, and to act as session moderator, at the ICCROM Conference, Methods of Evaluating Products for the Conservation of Porous Building Materials in Monuments.In general, these grants are for smaller awards of $500 to $2,500, to cover the costs of travel and per diem expenses or registration and tuition fees. US/ICOMOS will receive, review and evaluate any funding requests according to the following criteria: * activities that initiate new contacts and increase international communication between U.S. and foreign counterparts; * activities that enable U.S. preservationists to benefit from the latest technical research, methods and policy developments being investigated by the international preservation community; * activities that further the goals and objectives of the ICOMOS International Committees and the US/ICOMOS National Specialized Committees; * activities that further the adherence to and the propagation of international standards and guidelines in preservation and conservation.In order to consider sponsorship of a proposal, US/ICOMOS needs to receive the following support documents: * the applicant’s curriculum vitae; * for conferences and symposia: o an abstract, if presenting a paper o other justification for participation o a letter from the organizers confirming the participant as speaker, moderator, panelist or organizer * for training courses: o prospectus of the course o justification for participation in the course and description of expected benefits, and * two letters of support from appropriate, qualified colleagues * an itemized budget of total proposed expenditures and of total funds requested.For further details and information, contact Ellen Delage at US/ICOMOS (202-842-1862). ICOMOS-MEXICO ANNOUNCES ITS 16TH INTERNATIONAL PRESERVATION SYMPOSIUMEvery year in October, ICOMOS México stages its International Preservation Symposium. Over the years it has become the most important annual international event in the Americas, with participants from many countries in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Last year, in an effort to stimulate participation by the Anglo-American countries, the symposium in Campeche featured simultaneous translation into English, which will be offered again this year.Planned for October 10-15, 1995, this year’s symposium will be held in Toluca and its theme will be “the Architecture of the Viceroyal Era.” The symposium will also deal with the question of authenticity in preparation for Mexico’s participation in the Inter-American Symposium in San Antonio. For more information, contact ICOMOS-México, Mazatlán 190, Col. Condesa, 06140 Mexico DF; FAX: 525-277 3166 COLLABORATION BETWEEN WORLD MONUMENTS FUND AND US/ICOMOSUS/ICOMOS has been asked by World Monuments Fund to collaborate on a second book in the Trails to Treasures Series that is funded by the American Express Philanthropic Group to increase awareness on the world’s cultural heritage and its conservation needs. The first book in the series, published in 1993, was dedicated to the cultural heritage in member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). That book was also a joint effort between World Monuments Fund and US/ICOMOS. The next publication will be dedicated to the heritage of the thirteen states of the South American continent. MILESTONESUS/ICOMOS has received the sad new that Luis Lápidus, a member of the ICOMOS Executive Committee and Vice Chairman of ICOMOS Cuba died recently of cancer in Havana. Mr. Lapidus contributed to many ICOMOS activities and always sought ways to strengthen ties between the US and the Cuban National Committee. * * * Dr. Philip Whitbourn OBE, former Director of Southern Region at English Heritage, has been appointed to the position of Secretary of ICOMOS UK. * * * Roy Eugene Graham of Washington, DC, Secretary of US/ICOMOS, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. * * * Spencer Leineweber, US/ICOMOS Board of Trustees, received an AIA Honor Award for Design Excellence for Hawaii’s Plantation Village, an ethnic history museum. This was the first design excellence award given to a project in Hawaii. * * * The Getty Conservation Institute of Marina del Rey, California, has appointed two ICOMOS members to important positions in that organization: Giora Solar, a member of ICOMOS Israel and of the ICOMOS Executive Committee has been appointed Director of Special Projects; US/ICOMOS member Alberto Tagle of Delaware has been named Director of the Scientific Program. They join other US/ICOMOS members who are also program directors at GCI: Marta de la Torre, Director of the Training Program and Margaret G.H. Mac Lean, a member of the US/ICOMOS Board of Trustees, who is Director of the Documentation Program. * * * US/ICOMOS Member Tim Whalen of California, on sabbatical from the Getty Grant Program, has been awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. * * * James Huhta of Tennessee, US/ICOMOS member and former Specialized Committee Chair, has been named to serve on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. * * * Hester Davis of Arkansas, former member of the Board and current Chair of the Specialized Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, and Miguel Angel Corzo, Director of the Getty Conservation Insti- tute, have been asked to serve on the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee. * * *** CALENDAR *Members attending these and other international programs should please inform US/ICOMOS of their participation. * May 28-June 3, 1995. Meetings of the ICOMOS Bureau and Executive Committee, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, hosted by the Dominican National Committee of ICOMOS.