Latest Cultural preservation News

Alaska's Denali National Park allows e-bikes on road, trails

Oct. 15, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Denali National Park and Preserve rule change allows electronically assisted bikes anywhere that traditional bicycles are permitted in, officials said. The National Park Service issued the e-bike directive at the end of August, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday. The...

Tennessee city may offer tax breaks to historic home owners

Oct. 14, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The metro council of Nashville, Tennessee, is considering a tax break for owners of historic homes who choose to improve their properties. WPLN-FM reports the idea is to encourage owners to preserve historic homes rather than tearing them down. If passed, the resolution would create...

Overnight fire destroys historic Masonic temple in Aurora

Oct. 8, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An overnight fire in the city of Aurora has destroyed a historic Masonic temple that was abandoned more than a decade ago. The fire began around 10 p.m. Monday in the Lincoln Masonic Temple in the Chicago suburb about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Chicago. A portion of the building...

Former school founded by the Masons on historic register

Oct. 7, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

EFFINGHAM, N.H. (AP) — A building founded as a school by the Masons in New Hampshire has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Built in Effingham in 1858, the two-and-a-half story New England Masonic Charitable Institute has Italianate details. The building's three-stage tower has a...

In Brazil, Amazon fires threaten millenary rock paintings

Oct. 6, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ancient rock paintings in Brazil's Monte Alegre park are being threatened by some of the fires burning in the Amazon region. The online news site G1 reports says the Para state environmental institute reported the fires broke out Saturday and continued Sunday. The park has several...

Mexican actress Aparicio named UNESCO ambassador

Oct. 4, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO has appointed Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as its goodwill ambassador for indigenous peoples. The 25-year-old actress made history as the first indigenous performer nominated for a best actress honor at the Academy Awards this year for her...

Tyler Perry believes his studio rivals Hollywood's best

Oct. 1, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry remembered shedding tears when he saw an Atlanta highway exit bearing the name of his television and film studio for the first time. The actor-director-writer believes he might have the same emotions during the grand opening of his massive state-of-the-art Tyler Perry Studios...

Does outsourcing affect our personal connection to food?

Sep. 30, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

The growing options for outsourcing meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking can be called time-saving blessings or culture-destroying curses. In the end, they're probably a complicated mix of both. The positive spin goes something like this: Assuming you can afford it, you'll save precious time by clicking a...

Georgia's oldest city considers 1st archaeology ordinance

Sep. 29, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's oldest city are considering new protections for historic relics unearthed by development project. News outlets report officials in Savannah held a public meeting to discuss a possible archaeology ordinance. Savannah's downtown historic district has been protected...

Greek fashion firms revitalize centuries-old silk tradition

Sep. 29, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

SOUFLI, Greece (AP) — At Kostas Mouhtaridis' silk factory in Soufli, the non-stop "clunk-click" of the weaving machinery is a loud but welcome sound. The factory is a few hundred meters from the Evros River, which forms Greece's natural border with Turkey. It is one of Europe's most heavily militarized...