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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.