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Wenner-Gren Celebrates 70th Anniversary

February 16, 2011

Axel Wenner-Gren and Paul Fejos in Vilcabamba, Peru in 1941
Axel Wenner-Gren and Paul Fejos in the field in Vilcabamba, Peru 1941

February marks the Wenner-Gren Foundation’s 70th anniversary. The Foundation (then known as The Viking Fund) was incorporated in 1941 at the behest of Axel Wenner-Gren with a donation of $2 million dollars. Today the Foundation provides over $5 million dollars each year in support of Anthropology worldwide.

To commemorate its anniversary, the Foundation has added a new History section to its website featuring a number of resources for visitors interested in the Foundation and its role in discipline history. Chief among these are recordings from the renowned