On January 8, 2015, Nancy Wilkie, President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, and Andrew Moore, President of the Archaeological Institute of America signed an MOU linking the two organizations in their efforts to protect and preserve cultural sites, monuments and objects from harm during armed conflict. The MOU was signed during a meeting of the AIA Governing Board during its Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Among the terms of the MOU are an agreement on the part of both organizations to work collaboratively to assist entities responsible for the protection of cultural sites, monuments and repositories in the case of armed conflict and natural disaster; to carry out programs for training military personnel in the law of armed conflict as it pertains to the protection of tangible cultural heritage; and to compile information concerning tangible cultural heritage located in conflict and disaster zones.
On September 19, 2014, the US Committee of the Blue Shield and the Smithsonian Institution entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the protection, preservation, and restoration of cultural sites, monuments, and objects harmed during armed conflict and natural disasters.
The 2014 Annual Meeting of USCBS celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict [link] was held on September 19 at the Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Harry Ettlinger, a member of the U.S. Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the Civil Affairs Division during WW II, presented the opening keynote address. Other highlights of the meeting included an address by Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO; the presentation of the first USCBS Award for Meritorious Military Service in Protection of Cultural Property to Brigadier General Erik Peterson, Commanding General US Army Special Operations Aviation Command; and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Smithsonian Institution and the US Committee of the Blue Shield. MORE »
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