The 1954 Hague Convention at 60

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Tags: Al Maara Museum, Armed Conflict, Blue Shield, Gulf Civil Affairs, Hague, Harry Ettlinger, iraq, Krystin Husz, Monuments Men, National Geographic Society, Protection of Cultural Property, Smithsonian Institution, Syria, UNESCO

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A Report on the Joint Annual Meeting of the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

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By: Krystin Husz

The tragic events unfolding in Syria and Iraq are taking an immense human toll. But the costs to culture are also mounting. The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS) is a non-profit organization committed to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict. Its work is relevant as never before.

This year’s annual meeting of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield was held jointly with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. The meeting celebrated the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and featured speakers whose current research and efforts reflect the goals and purpose of the Convention. Dr. Nancy Wilkie, President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, began the meeting with an introduction to the work of the USCBS.

Harry Ettlinger. All figures courtesy of Patty Gerstenblith.

Harry Ettlinger. All figures courtesy of Patty Gerstenblith.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. Irina Bokova, Director-General of (more…)

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