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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.

Paul Fejos, 1941
Paul Fejos in the Andes during the Wenner-Gren Expedition to Hispanic America

Paul Fejos in the Peruvian Andes during the Wenner-Gren Expedition to Hispanic America, 1941

Portrait of Paul Fejos by Robert Fuchs

Oil painting portrait of Paul Fejos (the Foundation's first Director of Research and second President (1951-1961), painted by the noted Austrian artist, Robert Fuchs.

Dr. Fejos sat for the portrait during the summer of 1962, within Burg Wartenstein, which is pictured in the background.

Paul Fejos and Lita Binns Fejos (1958)

Paul Fejos and Lita Binns Fejos portrait by Nikolas Muray, 1958.

Dessert at Burg Wartenstein

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

Mrs. Ples
Cast of Sterkfontein 5 Cranium, "Mrs. Ples"

Up until it ceased operations in 1978, the Wenner-Gren Foundation's casting program, "Anthro-Cast," made high-quality, epoxy resin casts of  unique fossil specimens (such as Sterkfontein 5 Cranium, "Mrs. Ples") available to institutions and individuals scientists throughout the world.  These extremely accurate reproductions helped foster the documentation of the Hominidae fossil record and promoted teaching of the nature and significance of the major biological and behavioral transformations in human evolution.

Burg Waternstein Dining Hall circa 1959
Burg Wartenstein Dining Hall circa 1959