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U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield is a charitable nonprofit organization committed to the protection of cultural property worldwide during armed conflict.
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USCBS to Co-Sponsor Screening of "Stout Hearted:George Stout and the Guardians of Art"Join the Smithsonian Cultural Resc...
03/09/2020

USCBS to Co-Sponsor Screening of "Stout Hearted:George Stout and the Guardians of Art"

Join the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative for a screening of the film, Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art, on March 18, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the Ring Auditorium in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. For reservations use the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-stout-hearted-tickets-96499804513

After the film, there will be a panel discussion on George Stout’s legacy and today’s monuments officers, followed by a presentation of the Blue Shield Meritorious Military Service in Protection of Cultural Property Award.

Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art tells the story of Iowa native George Stout, leader of the U.S. Army Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) teams (aka, “Monuments Men”) during WWII. A veteran of WWI, Stout became one of the pioneers of the science of art conservation. Stout returned to active duty in WWII and led MFAA teams responsible for protecting cultural sites and recovering millions of works of art looted by the Nazis. Their example helped establish military rules for protecting cultural property in armed conflicts outlined in the 1954 Hague Convention. Stout’s legacy continues to inspire today’s military personnel and cultural heritage professionals who are training to comply with these important rules for the law of war.

Welcome and Remarks
Corine Wegener | Director, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
Major General Darrell Guthrie | U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command
Larry Di Rita | Greater Washington, D.C. Market President, Bank of America
Dr. Nancy Wilkie | President, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art (60 minutes)
With introduction by Kevin Kelley and Marie Wilkes | Documentary Filmmakers

Panel Discussion: George Stout’s Legacy and Today’s Monuments Officers
Corine Wegener and Major General Guthrie will be joined by:
Marie Royce | Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
Pat Antonietti | Office of the Secretary of Defense
Dr. Patty Gerstenblith | U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield
Colonel Jay Liddick | CA Capability Manager, U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Presentation of the Blue Shield Outstanding Public Service Award for the Protection of Cultural Property

Light reception in the Hirshhorn Museum lobby

U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, with a grant from the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Schools of...
01/24/2019
Colossal death toll in Yemen compounded by cultural destruction

U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, with a grant from the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Schools of Oriental Research, in cooperation with the Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa, produced a no-strike list of cultural sites in Yemen that has been shared with the U.S. Department of Defense in an effort to protect the cultural heritage of Yemen during military operations.

Saudi-led coalition, Houthi rebels and jihadi groups laying waste millenniums of heritage

"The British Museum is taking on a new role: international watchdog for the trade of Egyptian and Nubian artifacts. The ...
01/22/2019
Looters Beware: The British Museum Is Leading an International Task Force Fighting the Illicit Trade in Egyptian Antiquities | artnet News

"The British Museum is taking on a new role: international watchdog for the trade of Egyptian and Nubian artifacts. The museum is employing a team of curators solely dedicated to spotting looted ancient treasure—a move that will have far-reaching implications for collectors, dealers, and other museums."

http://ht.ly/jMeW30novm4

A powerful new database will help experts spot looted artifacts with fake documentation sold to unwitting collectors and even other museums.

Please join or renew your membership for 2019! -
01/10/2019
Please join or renew your membership for 2019!

Please join or renew your membership for 2019! -

If you haven't already joined or renewed your membership for 2019, now is the time! And remember, your membership or donation could be tax-deductible. We welcome membership at any level, but when you sign up for 2019 at the $250 or higher level (or simply make a donation of $250 or more), we will th...

Special gift* offer ... Join or renew membership for 2019! -
12/13/2018
Special gift* offer ... Join or renew membership for 2019!

Special gift* offer ... Join or renew membership for 2019! -

If you haven't already joined or renewed your membership for 2019, now is the time! And remember, your membership or donation could be tax-deductible. We welcome membership at any level, but when you sign up for 2019 at the $250 or higher level, we will thank you with a special gift. See details he...

U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield
12/08/2018

U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

Special gift* offer ... Join or renew membership for 2019! -
12/08/2018
Special gift* offer ... Join or renew membership for 2019!

Special gift* offer ... Join or renew membership for 2019! -

If you haven't already joined or renewed your membership for 2019, now is the time! And remember, your membership or donation could be tax-deductible. We welcome membership at any level, but when you sign up for 2019 at the $250 or higher level, we will thank you with a special gift. See details he...

Blue Shield International launched their new website today. USCBS designer helped with the branding and created the new ...
11/02/2018
The Blue Shield – Protecting the world's cultural heritage during emergency situations

Blue Shield International launched their new website today. USCBS designer helped with the branding and created the new logo.

Blue Shield International supports training in Georgia with UNESCO anemptytextlline Activity,News New BSI Report: Exercise Trident Jaguar 2018 anemptytextlline News,Resource BSI invited to speak at 11th CIMIC Units Commanders'... anemptytextlline Activity,News

10/25/2018

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2019 Membership Drive Begins NOW!Through membership dues, USCBS receives critical support for programs offering cultural...
10/25/2018
U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield - DONATE - Protecting cultural heritage worldwide

2019 Membership Drive Begins NOW!

Through membership dues, USCBS receives critical support for programs offering cultural property training for the U.S. military, cultural emergency response teams, and educating the public about the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict.

Please view our membership offerings and renew or join today!

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield issues alerts when the preservation of cultural heritage anywhere in the world is threatened by armed conflict or natural disaster.

09/26/2018

Annual meeting today at 1:30 at Smithsonian...see details in previous posts.

Join us Wed Sept 26 for our Annual Meeting  -
09/25/2018
Join us Wed Sept 26 for our Annual Meeting

Join us Wed Sept 26 for our Annual Meeting -

The focus of the meeting will be activities that protect and preserve the cultural heritage of four Central American countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.PDF of Program »Blog Post »Map »

REMINDER!WED, SEP 26 AT 1:30 PM EDTUSCBS Annual MeetingSmithsonian Institution, Ripley AuditoriumS. Dillon Ripley Center...
09/24/2018
USCBS Annual Meeting – SAVE the DATE

REMINDER!

WED, SEP 26 AT 1:30 PM EDT
USCBS Annual Meeting

Smithsonian Institution, Ripley Auditorium

S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend.

Program:https://uscbs.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-UCBS-Meeting-Flyer-CMYK.pdf

Blog post: https://uscbs.org/news/uscbs-annual-meeting-save-the-date/

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield is holding a meeting that is free and open to the public on September 26, 1:30-4:30, in the Ripley Auditorium of the Smithsonian Institution. Please RSVP to cu…

SAVE THE DATE! The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield is holding a meeting that is free and open to the public on Septemb...
08/31/2018

SAVE THE DATE! The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield is holding a meeting that is free and open to the public on September 26, 1:30-4:30, in the Ripley Auditorium of the Smithsonian Institution.

~~~ Please RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend. ~~~

The focus of the meeting will be activities that protect and preserve the cultural heritage of four Central American countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

PDF of Program: https://uscbs.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-UCBS-Meeting-Flyer-CMYK.pdf

Blog post: https://uscbs.org/news/uscbs-annual-meeting-save-the-date/

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS), leading a coalition of interested cultural heritage organizations, has su...
07/06/2018
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 9705 HTSUS

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS), leading a coalition of interested cultural heritage organizations, has successfully argued for changes to 9705 HTSUS — the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. The changes will require importers to separate archaeological and ethnographic items from historic pieces in their declarations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS), leading a coalition of interested cultural heritage organizations, has successfully argued for changes to 9705 HTSUS — the Harmonized Tariff Schedule …

USCBS supports Bill H.R. 5886 which would protect antiquities.H.R. 5886 would add “dealers in art and antiquities” to th...
06/06/2018
USCBS supports Bill H.R. 5886, protects antiquities

USCBS supports Bill H.R. 5886 which would protect antiquities.

H.R. 5886 would add “dealers in art and antiquities” to the definition of “financial institution” under the Bank Secrecy Act.

You can read the full text of the letter from Nancy Wilkie, President of USCBS, in support of H.R.5886 here» https://uscbs.org/news/h-r-5886-protects-antiquities/

H.R. 5886 would add “dealers in art and antiquities” to the definition of “financial institution” under the Bank Secrecy Act. Following is text of the letter from Nancy Wilk…

04/16/2018
Fort Wainwright CRM Program preserves history on a budget

Signage was placed on 184 sites during Arctic Anvil 2016 to deter digging or Stryker traffic within 50 meters of sites. Signs were modelled after signage Soldiers may encounter while deployed, providing an educational aspect. The result was that only two sites required nominal mitigation following the exercise. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

Despite shrinking budgets, the Fort Wainwright Cultural Resources Management (CRM) Program has provided successful stewardship of 700 known archaeological sites, plus managed consultation and partnerships with state regulators, neighboring government...

Here's an easy way to help us raise awareness!
02/16/2018
2-for-1 2018 USCBS Membership

Here's an easy way to help us raise awareness!

When you join or renew your USCBS membership you may give an interested friend or colleague a membership for free*Click the link below to submit payment with PayPal, credit card, or to download a membership form to submit with a check.Get your memberships on our secure website »* Free gift me...

The J. Paul Getty Trust, prompted by the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq, is enlisting the Global Cen...
02/07/2018
| Getty Publications | The Getty

The J. Paul Getty Trust, prompted by the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq, is enlisting the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect to engage in an educational campaign for the protection of cultural heritage in conflict zones.

Books in the fields of art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for both general and specialized audiences.

2018 TWO-for-ONE Membership Drive!
12/15/2017
2018 TWO-for-ONE Membership Drive!

2018 TWO-for-ONE Membership Drive!

If you haven't already joined or renewed your membership for 2018, NOW** is the time! Please take just a few minutes to take advantage of this opportunity to give a valuable free gift to a friend or colleague. And remember, your membership or donation is tax-deductible. You can help create additio...

11/29/2017

Thank you for all your generous donations on Giving Tuesday!

Tomorrow morning, 11/28/17, 8AM EST...mark your calendar! Give to USCBS by either paying for your 2018 membership or don...
11/27/2017

Tomorrow morning, 11/28/17, 8AM EST...mark your calendar! Give to USCBS by either paying for your 2018 membership or donating ANY amount through our Facebook Donate Button and we will receive MATCHING FUNDS! Take advantage of GIVING TUESDAY to double your impact in supporting our cause to protect the world's cultural heritage.

Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor, DePaul University College of Law and Secretary of the U.S. Committ...
11/04/2017

Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor, DePaul University College of Law and Secretary of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, and Nancy Wilkie, President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, have published an article entitled "The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and the Blue Shield Movement" in the NATO Legal Gazette, Issue 38, September 2017, pp. 70-79.
http://www.act.nato.int/images/stories/media/doclibrary/legal_gazette_38.pdf
(Text only here:http://www.culturalheritagelaw.org/resources/Pictures/NATO%20Legal%20Gazette_Patty%20Gerstenblith%20and%20Nancy%20C.%20Wilkie.pdf )

11/04/2017
The Destruction of Memory (2016)

USCBS joined with DePaul University College of Law to sponsor a screening of the documentary, The Destruction of Memory, based on the 2006 book by Robert Bevan. The film maker, Tim Slade, joined Patty Gerstenblith, Secretary USCBS, and Nancy Wilkie, President USCBS, in a panel discussion on issues raised in the film.

The Destruction of Memory (2016)

Congratulations to Cori Wegener, founder of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield
10/30/2017
Special operations veterans honored in Fort Bragg ceremony

Congratulations to Cori Wegener, founder of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

As a young Army officer, retired Maj. Corine A. Wegener looked up to the Monuments Men, the famed group of historians, professors and museum curators

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1405 South Fern Street, Suite 90617
Arlington, VA
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As a non-profit organization, USCBS is financed primarily by membership fees. If you are interested in the protection of cultural property and wish to become a member of USCBS, please go to http://uscbs.org/get_involved.htm

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Good news out of Iraq.
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