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Preservation pioneer to speak at Shepherd University

ISSUED: 2 April 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Preservation pioneer to speak at Shepherd University)

Shepherdstown, WV--W. Brown Morton, a pioneer in historic preservation efforts both in the United States and abroad, will speak on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University.

The presentation, titled "Preserving the Earth's Cultural Heritage," is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies and Shepherd University's Historic Preservation Program. The talk is part of events commemorating Earth Day at Shepherd University.

Morton is an international historic preservation consultant and architectural conservator. He is professor emeritus of the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. He stresses that the thoughtful management of historic sites and landscapes is central to successful human development in a balanced natural and cultural environment.

His international projects include the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) mission to develop the stabilization program for the imperial city of Hué, Vietnam, after the 1968 Têt offensive, the UNESCO international campaign to safeguard Borobudur in Indonesia, and the preparation of the World Heritage List nomination for the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.

From 1995 to 1996 he spent a sabbatical year with the American Research Center in Egypt developing a conservation program for the late 15th-century Bayt al-Razzaz palace in Cairo. He has also advised the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land on the conservation of the Memorial of Moses at Mount Nebo in Jordan.

Morton's work as an architectural conservator throughout the United States has included projects for the preservation of the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York City Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, Kentucky.

Morton is the co-author of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects. He served as chair of the United States National Committee of International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) from 1975 to 1979 and on the US/ICOMOS executive committee from 1975 to 1988.

He received his bachelor of architectural history degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and completed his graduate studies in architectural conservation with the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs at the Ècole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Morton is also a priest of the Episcopal Church.

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