New trustee joins Park-McCullough board

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NORTH BENNINGTON — Peter Herdrich, the chief executive officer of the Cultural Capital Group, has joined the board of the Park-McCullough Historic Governor's Mansion, the organization has announced.

Herdrich is a co-founder of The Antiquities Coalition, a leading international NGO, whose mission is to stop the looting and illicit trade in cultural heritage property. With Cultural Capital, he serves as the principal investigator on the cultural preservation technology startup, the Digital Library of the Middle East, working with partners across the Middle East and North Africa. Not-for-profit clients include Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research, for whom he consults on the K-9 Artifact Finders project; Empire Archival Discovery Network; FamilySearch; and the Roper Center for Public Opinion.

"There is no one else in the world who can say he has succeeded as the CEO of an international cultural heritage preservation organization, produced television news shows, run a learned society, published the largest humanities publication in the world, and helped start an NGO that combats cultural racketeering globally," said Christopher Oldham, executive director of Park-McCullough.

Herdrich served at the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), first as a board member, and then as chief executive officer. He was also publisher of the AIA's bimonthly periodical, Archaeology. Earlier, he worked at the Paley Center for Media as director of industry programs and prior to that enjoyed long success as a an award-winning television news producer. As a trustee of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, he was once called "America's greatest filmmaker on obscure bibliographical subjects." After finishing his undergraduate work at Columbia University and studying at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universit t in Mainz, Germany, Herdrich did graduate work at Columbia in arts administration.

"We are very pleased to welcome Peter and his expertise to the Park McCullough team," Oldham said.

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