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Stewardship

In her will, Doris Duke (1912–93) clearly and deliberately expressed her desire to make Shangri La available to scholars, students and others interested in Islamic art. The preservation and care of this artistic and cultural heritage was entrusted to the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) and falls under the category of Stewardship in DDFIA’s management plan.

Stewardship at Shangri La

Stewardship at Shangri La

Continuous work ensures the ongoing preservation of the historic residence and surrounding structures, the historic interiors, and the art and artifacts in the collection.

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Conservation of the Collection

Conservation of the Collection

Conservation of the Islamic art collection at Shangri La involves examination, documentation, treatment and preventive care supported by research and education, preserving it for future study and enjoyment.

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Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

At Shangri La, a 4.9-acre terraced site on O‘ahu’s southern shore, beautifully landscaped grounds are integrated with three main structures: the main building, the Playhouse, and the cottage.

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Cultural Landscape Management

Cultural Landscape Management

In 2005, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) commissioned a Cultural Landscape Management Plan from the Office of Cheryl Barton, a landscape architecture firm based in San Francisco.

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Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Interns are a vital component of Shangri La’s operations. From new ideas and perspectives to critical research, Shangri La continually benefits from providing training opportunities to university-level students and volunteers.

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