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The Slave Route Project: Jamestown 1619

By Guest Observer July 26, 2018
The James River from Jamestown, Virginia.

In 1619 an English Privateer arrived at Point Comfort on the James River, bringing the first enslaved Africans to Virginia. Soon to be sold to Jamestown residents, most of the men and women remain nameless. Historical records do reveal that one woman “Angela or Angelo” was purchased by an English Lieutenant Pierce. Today Historic Jamestowne and the National Park Service are working to uncover her story and others. This is just one touch point of the Slave Route Project is documenting the vast and complex cultural landscape of four centuries of the slave trade. But, to go beyond the large landscape, cultural heritage professionals should not hesitate to look for the humanity that can be found in the telling of individual stories of such historical figures as Angela.

The English Lake District: World Heritage Designation One Year In

By Brenda Barrett July 25, 2018

It was just one year ago last July 2017 that after many decades of effort the English Lake District was finally recognized as a World Heritage cultural landscape. So how is the Lake District faring one year after designation? In many ways the inscription has not made big changes. The Lake District National Park Partnership continues to play a key role in carrying out its stated mission for the Lake District to serve as: A place where its prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain the spectacular landscape, its wildlife and cultural heritage.
However, the impact of outside forces specifically Brexit on the region are much more problematic. What will it mean for the country’s agricultural policy? This is critical for the Lake District. As noted in the World Heritage nomination, it is an “unrivalled example of a northern European upland agro-pastoral system”, but also a way of life under tremendous pressure.

US/ICOMOS Updates and Symposium

By Eleanor Mahoney May 31, 2018

The International Council on Monuments and Sites, commonly referred to as ICOMOS, is a non-government organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage sites across the globe. US/ICOMOS was the first of what now number 110 national committees that make up the larger ICOMOS alliance. Find out more about its activities.

Northern Rangelands Trust: Building Peace and Security for Pastoral Communities

By Guest Observer May 29, 2018

The Northern Rangelands Trust has been working in the remote arid and semi arid lands of Northern Kenya since 2004 to develop community conservancies that approach conservation and biodiversity through building sustainable communities. The Trust has taken a collaborative approach involving local leaders, government entities, and conservation organizations to collectively work with communities to create sustainable enterprise, peace and security, while working to establish an ecological balance between human and wildlife needs.

Shrinking Bears Ears National Monument: What has been Lost

By Brenda Barrett May 28, 2018

While most people know the outlines of the story, Bears Ears National Monument has been reduced by over 85%, there has not always been a full discussion of what has been lost. At a recent program (April 13, 2018) Bears Ears National Monument and the Future of Our National Monument sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, William Doelle, President and CEO of Archeology Southwest, said it this way “Personally what I see as so important about the Antiquities Act is that it allows landscape scale, protection, preservation and planning… in Bears Ears for the first time the impetus to use the Antiquities Act to establish a monument came from tribal voices.”