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Historic jail building in Maine falling into disrepair

Jan. 25, 2022 02:19 AM EST

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A historic jail building in Maine is falling apart and the historical society that owns it hasn't been able to come up with the money to save it. The Ellsworth Historical Society has owned the old Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth since 1998. The society's...

At Sundance, documentaries resurrect lost eras of music

Jan. 24, 2022 19:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a music scene still develop the way grunge did in 1990's Seattle or hip-hop did in the Bronx in the 1970s? Or has the digital makeover of music made such geographical-based explosions obsolete? It's a question that hovers over the Sundance Film Festival...

Developer steps up plans to demolish historic Sparks church

Jan. 24, 2022 10:54 AM EST

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A historic church in Sparks designed by one of Nevada's most prolific architects is facing demolition. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that a developer has obtained a demolition permit for the Immaculate Conception Church. The church was built...

Rail station, freight shed named to historic register

Jan. 23, 2022 15:33 PM EST

WAKEFIELD, N.H. (AP) — A railroad station and freight shed in Wakefield have been named to the National Register of Historic Places, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources said. The Union Railroad Station was built in 1911. The division describes it as “a single...

Historic Masonic lodge in Detroit added to National Registry

Jan. 23, 2022 09:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Masonic lodge in Detroit has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, in part because of its contributions to the civil rights movement. The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Detroit’s east side was added Wednesday to the National Park...

UNESCO lists Viking-era wooden sailboats on heritage list

Jan. 23, 2022 02:58 AM EST

ROSKILDE, Denmark (AP) — For thousands of years, wooden sailboats allowed the peoples of Northern Europe to spread trade, influence and sometimes war across seas and continents. In December, the U.N.’s culture agency added Nordic “clinker boats" to its list of traditions that...

State archives awards more than $3M in preservation grants

Jan. 22, 2022 18:05 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than $3 million in grants have been awarded to 18 preservation and restoration projects in Mississippi. The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History announced the awards Friday on behalf of the Community Heritage...

Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

Jan. 17, 2022 01:09 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new effort to preserve historic Black churches in the United States has received a $20 million donation that will go to help congregations including one that was slammed during the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Mayfield, Kentucky, last month. ...

Rhode Island arts, cultural groups share $3.5M in grants

Jan. 16, 2022 10:29 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Dozens of arts, culture, heritage and historic sites across Rhode Island are getting almost $3.5 million in help from the state government for renovation, repair and program expansion projects, officials say. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is...

National monument proposed for Nevada site sacred to tribes

Jan. 14, 2022 16:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada congresswoman and several elected and tribal officials announced support Friday for national monument designation over a broad area south of Las Vegas they say is biologically diverse and rich with Native American cultural significance. The site would be...