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Lunch Break at Burg Wartenstein
Lunch break during Burg Wartenstein Symposium No. 12 (1961)
Viking Fund Medalists

Ernest Hooten and Franz Weidenreich in Washington, DC, 1948, for the presentation of the Viking Fund Medal in Physical Anthropology to Hooten

14 East 71st Street
14 East 71st Street served as the Foundation headquarters from 1951 to 1980

This brownstone, purchased by Axel Wenner-Gren and given to the Viking Fund as a gift, served as the Foundation's New York City Headquarters from 1951 to 1980.

Burg Waternstein Dining Hall circa 1959
Burg Wartenstein Dining Hall circa 1959
Freeday in Semmering
Participants during a day-trip to Semmering, Austria

Along with the impromptu ping-pong matches and late-night discussions at the dinner table and bar, the day-trip into Vienna and near-by Semmering was an integral part of the Burg Wartenstein symposium model that gave scholars the chance for a different type of interaction, often as valuable as those in the conference room.

Carlo Alberto Baud, Mrs. Henri V. Vallois, and Henri Vallois enjoy a "freeday" in Semmering during the summer of 1960.

Burg Wartenstein Dedication
Burg Wartenstein Dedication

Wenner-Gren staff and guests attending the Burg Wartenstein dedication festivities.

Coon and Teilhard de Chardin
Coon and Teilhard de Chardin

Carleton Coon and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin during a break at the first International Symposium on Anthropology in 1952.

Lita Osmundsen
Lita Osmundsen at 71st Street in New York

Lita Osmundsen (Wenner-Gren Foundation President 1963-1986) in front of the entrance to the Foundation's offices at 14 West 71st Street in New York City circa the 1970s.  The brownstone, purchased by Axel Wenner-Gren in 1951, served as the Foundation's headquarters until it was sold in 1978.

Castle Burg Wartenstein

The castle Burg Wartenstein, located in the Semmering region of Austria, served as the Wenner-Gren Foundation's European Conference Center from 1958 until 1980, during which time 84 sypmosia were held.

Dessert at Burg Wartenstein

Sherwood Washburn, Paul Fejos, Betty Howell, and Lita Binns Fejos enjoy after-dinner conversation. Burg Wartenstein 1961.