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CWHC Donation and Signature Drive

CWHC Donation and Signature Drive

Charleston World Heritage is pleased to announce our partnership with some of our favorite local businesses to further promote the efforts of CWHC. By signing the petition, you are showing your support for Charleston to be become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the signatures, CWHC also needs to raise funds to complete the entry process. Anyone that signs the petition or makes a donation will be entered to win a fabulous gift bag with goodies from some of our favorite Charleston businesses. Take a fabulous City Tour of Charleston courtesy of Charleston Ventures, and enjoy a lovely dinner at Leaf Restaurant. Attend an Artists Lecture hosted by the Gibbes Museum of Art, receive a beautiful weekender bag from Proud Mary filled with gifts from Charleston’s favorite toy store for kids and adults Wonder Works, J. Stark, King Bean Roaster, and Carolina Coasters!

If you sign the petition AND donate you will receive two additional entries into the contest!

Share the petition on your social media and receive an extra entry! Donate, sign, and share for up 4 entries!

Twitter: @ChasWorldHeritage

Instagram: @CHSWorldHeritage



CWHC Gift Bag Contents 

– City Tour for two from Charleston Ventures, rated #1 on Trip Advisor 

– 2 Tickets to an Artist Lecture by Nancy Braithwaite, followed by a reception hosted by the Gibbes Museum of Art at the Charleston Library

– Weekender Bag from Proud Mary

– $100 Gift Card from Leaf Restaurant

– $50 Gift Card from Wonder Works

– Leather Wallet from local maker J. Stark

– Coffee Beans from King Bean Roaster

– Set of Coasters from Carolina Coasters

– Charleston Hooker Grilling Tool from Wonder Works


Winner will be chosen on August 15th!

Don’t forget to share on social media “Why you love Charleston” #ourcharleston

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Local Value to the World

Local Value to the World

So why would the world’s No. 1 tourist destination, which regularly earns recognition for everything from its courtesy, romance and restaurants to its outdoor activities and arts, need another accolade? Because Charleston is much more than all that. Being designated as a World Heritage Site would recognize the city’s outstanding universal value.

A recently formed Charleston World Heritage Coalition is working toward applying for the honor based on some of the city’s most notable government, institutional and church buildings. The buildings tell the story of architectural styles spanning four centuries, early American architects, skilled slave craftsmen, early philanthropy and early inclusivity for immigrants and religious refugees.

And by the time the necessary and extensive research is completed, the buildings will have more stories to tell about their history and the city’s connections to the wider world.

The process is exacting and the odds of winning the designation are small. The last four applications by the United Kingdom to inscribe sites on the list all failed.

But the coalition here, the result of local businessman Stephen Ziff donating enough money to get the process rolling, is enthusiastic.

One advantage this application would have is that World Heritage Sites must have preservation plans. Charleston’s commitment to preservation is nothing new, and is backed by law. The Board of Architectural Review, for example.

At present, the World Heritage list includes 981 places of cultural or natural importance. Canada and Mexico both have cities with World Heritage Site designation, but not the United States. Grand Canyon National Park, Independence Hall, Everglades National Park, and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, yes. But no city. Not yet.

If the local effort succeeds, expect the tourist industry to reflect the victory. Some travelers, including Mr. Ziff, make it a point to seek out World Heritage Sites while traveling.

But other sites have enjoyed additional benefits. Businesses have shown an interest in visiting and locating nearby. The economy has improved. And the community’s pride has grown.

While Charleston has safeguards, World Heritage Sites also are held to high standards. Dresden in Germany was deleted from the list in 2009 because of a bridge that was judged to have undermined its universal value.

The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage program has been asked to intervene in Edinburgh, Scotland, where a developer plans to build hotels near the famous Royal Mile. The Old and New towns of Edinburgh are a World Heritage Site.

Some will question whether seeking the designation is worth the effort and expense — up to $1 million. What difference does it make for residents?

But those same people will agree that Charleston is an extraordinary place and its public buildings tell an important story. It would make a splendid addition to the list of World Heritage Sites.