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Century-old black church moving for Hilton Head airport work

Apr. 13, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Rev. Charles Hamilton preaches to a mostly black congregation at St. James Baptist Church on Sundays as commercial jets fly overhead. On any given Sunday, at least five planes fly in and out of the Hilton Head Island Airport — which is effectively in the church's...

Museum to mark anniversary of Lincoln buying Illinois home

Apr. 12, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield plans a celebration to mark the 175th anniversary of Lincoln's purchase of his home. The library plans free admission for its first 175 visitors May 2 and a special display of artifacts, including an original key to...

In Augusta, time capsules reconnect people with their past

Mar. 31, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Time capsules to be buried at two Augusta cemeteries are reconnecting people with the past. Augusta native Carolyne Lamar Jordan is among several people donating items that will be placed in a time capsule at Cedar Grove Cemetery, where many of her ancestors are buried. It's the...

More artifacts to go on display at Civil War battlefield

Mar. 29, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — A $4.5 million project is planned to make room for more Civil War-era artifacts at the site of the first major battle west of the Mississippi River. The project will add 1,873 square feet (about 175 square meters) of exhibit space to the visitor center at the Wilson's Creek National...

Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city

Mar. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo blasted the...

New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe

Mar. 16, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 50 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he toured historic sites and apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman empire. Authorities in...

The Latest: Death toll in mosque attacks rises to 50

Mar. 16, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Sunday New Zealand police say they have found another body at one of the mosques that was attacked, raising the death toll in the shootings to 50. New Zealand Police Commissioner...

Springfield wants to keep Lincoln house open amid shutdowns

Mar. 7, 2019 3:00 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield officials have approved an ordinance that would allow the city spend up to $50,000 to keep Abraham Lincoln's home open during a federal government shutdown. The City Council unanimously passed the ordinance Tuesday, The State Journal-Register reported. It gives the city...

Cuomo: NY state park visitations topped $74M in 2018

Mar. 4, 2019 3:41 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the number of visitors to New York state parks, historic sites and campgrounds topped 74 million in 2018. The Democrat announced Monday that visitation increased by 4 percent, from 71.5 million in 2018 to a record-breaking 74.1 million last year. The increase...

Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past

Feb. 22, 2019 1:06 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world's largest paintings of the American Civil War will reopen to the public Friday. But the artwork was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy, historians say....