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8/08 NPS Heritage News Rundown

The August 08 edition of the National Park Service’s Heritage News reports the following:

The National Geographic Society is working with federal agencies to adopt the principles for promoting tourism that helps sustain and enhance visited places. A July 8 MOU created the “Geotourism Working Group.”

The World Heritage Committee adds 19 cultural sites and 8 natural sites to UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its recent meeting.

U.S. State Department’s eJournalUSA focuses on “National Parks, National Legacy.” Features interviews with Mary Bomar, NPS director, and legendary filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan who are working on a documentary about U.S. National Parks to be broadcast in fall 2009.

The Lebanese Ministry of Culture is sponsoring an international architecture competition for the House of Arts and Culture of Lebanon in Beirut. The project is funded by a $20 million donation from the Sultanate of Oman.

“American Place: The Historic American Buildings Survey at 75 Years” is a public exhibit about the National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey Runs through Nov. 14 at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum in Washington, D.C.

A 1939 auto repair shop in Missoula, Mont., recently underwent a $866,474 rehabilitation. The rehab was supported by National Park Service Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

The National Park System Advisory Board met July 21-22 to recommend that the Secretary of the Interior designate the 19 sites as National Historic Landmarks.

In June, 69 listings were added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places, including 2,964 buildings, 27 sites, 28 structures, and 7 objects.

Wooden catboat “Gypsy” was among the new listings for the National Register of Historic Places in June.

The NAGPRA Review Committee will meet in San Diego Oct. 11-12 to consider disputes and requests for recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for disposition of culturally unidentifiable, Native American, human remains.

Lisa Ackerman is the first recipient of the Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement. The US/ICOMOS award honors those who exemplify the role of the U.S. as a trusted partner for cultural heritage efforts in all parts of the world.

The Arizona State Museum and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners have been selected to receive the 2008 Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections from Heritage Preservation and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Nominations for next year’s award are now being accepted.