In the early 1960s, Colonel James A. Gray started the organization that would become the World Monuments Fund (WMF). With a keen eye towards preserving places and monuments associated with the great cultural achievements spread across the continents, the WMF’s first project was to assist in the restoration of the medieval churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia. With offices in New York and across Western Europe, the Fund continues to work on over 150 sites in 50 countries. On their site, visitors can learn about some of these projects in the “Fieldwork” area. Ever vigilant, the WMF also maintains a World Monuments Watch list, which documents those sites that are in most need of attention. Visitors can view the list by country, and even look at previous lists of endangered monuments. The site is rounded out by their “Press Room” area, which affords users the opportunity to read about media coverage of the WMF and also browse through some of their latest press releases.
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