Cultural history museums

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, photo, architect Phil Freelon responds to a question during an interview at his office in Durham, N.C. Freelon, the architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and other libraries, museums and schools, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Freelon was 66 years old and had suffered from ALS for several years. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
July 09, 2019 - 6:51 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Architect Phil Freelon, who designed buildings ranging from local libraries to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, died Tuesday in North Carolina. Freelon, 66, had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease for several years. He died in Durham...
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A 3D printed recreation of the ancient Lion of Mosul, which was destroyed by the Islamic State group at the Mosul Museum in Iraq, is displayed as part of the 'What Remains' exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The exhibit, which runs from July 5 until January 5, 2020, explores why cultural heritage is attacked during historical and contemporary conflicts. (AP Photo/Natasha Livingstone)
July 03, 2019 - 3:30 pm
LONDON (AP) — A figure of a roaring lion, about the size of a loaf of bread, is the latest step in the fight to preserve culture from conflict. The sculpture is a replica of a colossal 3,000-year-old statue from the Temple of Ishtar in Nimrud, in what's now Iraq. The stone statue was one of many...
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June 14, 2019 - 1:22 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The director of Berlin's Jewish Museum is stepping down following strong criticism of the museum's leadership by Germany's Jewish community. A statement Friday said director Peter Schaefer was resigning to prevent further damage to the museum. There was no immediate word on a long-...
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June 13, 2019 - 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says she has not ruled out running for another political office. However, she says she has not yet decided on the next steps in her political career. Abrams discussed the matter during her keynote address Thursday at the Women's...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, talks about the museum's first year and his vision for the future of the exhibits, in Washington. Bunch was named May 28, 2019, as the 14th Smithsonian Secretary by the Smithsonian's board of regents. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 28, 2019 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Lonnie Bunch started working on the Smithsonian's first black museum, he had no collection, no building and one employee. The Smithsonian Institution rewarded the founding director of the wildly popular museum on Tuesday by putting him in charge of all 19 of its museums,...
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Lisa Sasaki, the director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, poses for a photograph in front of the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. On May 18, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center launches a $25 million fundraising drive for permanent gallery space on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with a glitzy party in Los Angeles full of celebrities and politicians.. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 18, 2019 - 11:51 am
The Smithsonian's initiative on documenting Asians in America started humbly enough two decades ago, with a borrowed exhibit in a borrowed museum wing and a tiny staff. There was a National Museum of the American Indian attached to the Smithsonian, and progress was being made toward a museum on the...
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FILE - This May 12, 2005 file photo shows an unidentified visitor viewing the Impressionist painting called "Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie" painted in 1897 by Camille Pissarro, on display in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday, April 30, 2019 that the museum that acquired the priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1992 is the work's rightful owner, and not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it 80 years ago to escape the Holocaust. Under Spanish law, he ruled, the painting is legally the museum's, although he also criticized Spain, calling its decision to keep it "inconsistent" with international agreements. The museum's U.S. attorney, Thaddeus Stauber, said he believes the decision finally puts an end to a bitter legal fight that has pitted the family of Lilly Cassirer against the museum for 20 years. (AP Photo/Mariana Eliano, File)
May 01, 2019 - 12:48 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday that a Spanish museum that acquired a priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1992 is the work's rightful owner, and not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it 80 years ago to escape the Holocaust. Although U.S. District Judge...
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Portraits of Holocaust survivors are displayed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage as a vintage German train car, like those used to transport people to Auschwitz and other death camps, is uncovered on tracks outside the museum, in New York, Sunday, March 31, 2019. The train car joins hundreds of artifacts from Auschwitz at the museum for an exhibit entitled "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away," that opens to the public on May 8. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 31, 2019 - 1:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On a Sunday morning, a crane lowered a rusty remnant of the Holocaust onto tracks outside Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage — a vintage German train car like those used to transport men, women and children to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps. The windowless boxcar is among...
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This image provided by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, shows Henri-Edmond Cross’ “Regatta in Venice” from 1903/04, which is currently on show at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, near Berlin. The painting is on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The heirs of a Jewish collector say the painting was stolen from their family by the Nazis, and have filed a legal request for its return, a German newspaper reported Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston via AP)
January 30, 2019 - 7:46 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The heirs of a Jewish collector say a painting from a Texas museum on loan in Germany was stolen from their family by the Nazis, and have filed a legal request for its return, a German newspaper reported Wednesday. German daily Bild reported the unidentified heirs are claiming...
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People pass a commemorative memorial statue to perpetuating the memory of the 'Kindertransport' (children transport) near Friedrichstrasse train station in central in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. Germany has agreed to one-time payments for survivors, primarily Jews, who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children, many of whom never saw their parents again. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 17, 2018 - 3:58 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has agreed to one-time payments for survivors, primarily Jews, who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children, many of whom never saw their parents again, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government said Monday. The New York-based Conference on...
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