Latest Cultural preservation News

Paris police gird for weekend protests over Macron, climate

Sep. 20, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for calm on France's annual heritage weekend, as authorities in Paris prepare to deploy thousands of police to protect landmarks and government buildings. His call comes as an array of protesters plan to descend on the capital and other cities....

Correction: Bolivia-Tiwanaku Vessels story

Sep. 19, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

TIWANAKU, Bolivia (AP) — In a story Sept. 18 about pre-Hispanic artifacts found in Bolivia, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they were more than 400 years old. They were more than 1,400 years old. A corrected version of the story is below: Archaeologists in Bolivia find ancient Tiwanaku...

Wright brothers factory put on historic places register

Sep. 17, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio factory where the Wright brothers built many of their planes has been added to the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. The Dayton Daily News reports that the Wright Company Factory in Dayton was added to the National Register of Historic Places...

Bell missing from historic church found, man arrested

Sep. 16, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

WATER VALLEY, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say they've recovered a bell reportedly stolen from a church on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oxford Eagle reports 33-year-old Michael Lippert was booked in the Lafayette County Detention Center and charged with grand larceny on Monday....

Preservation South Carolina selects new board president

Sep. 13, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

PROSPERITY, S.C. (AP) — A nonprofit that works to preserve South Carolina's architectural heritage has picked a new board president. Preservation South Carolina says Geoffrey Hardee of Blythewood was selected at its annual meeting in August. Hardee, a PR and marketing consultant, also serves on the board...

EU Parliament chief questions 'European Way of Life' title

Sep. 12, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament's president said Thursday that he will meet with incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to discuss her contentious decision to nominate a commissioner responsible for "protecting our European Way of Life." The name for the proposed commission...

UN: Reconstruction of landmark Mosul mosque to begin in 2020

Sep. 11, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO announced Wednesday that a landmark reconstruction of Iraq's al-Nouri mosque in Mosul, which was blown up by the Islamic State group in 2017, will start at the beginning of next year. The timeline of the restoration plan of the 12th-century monument,...

Louisiana singer, activist awarded French title for service

Sep. 10, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana musician, poet and activist who has worked to preserve Acadian culture and promote French education has been named an officer in a historic French order. The Advocate reports Zachary Richard was bestowed the honorary title in the French Academic Palms during a ceremony...

Mexicans mourn painter Francisco Toledo, defender of culture

Sep. 6, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans left candles and flowers at impromptu offerings Friday for expressionist painter Francisco Toledo a day after his death at age 79, remembering an artist respected for his fights to preserve historic sites and green spaces. In a country where politicians talk endlessly about...

Historic black Vegas neighborhood to get preservation push

Sep. 6, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 1940s in Las Vegas was an exciting time of growth, but not all residents shared in the excitement. Just as the city's black community was growing in size and prominence, officials delivered a major blow to the Westside neighborhood, virtually the only area of the city where African...