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2009-01-07 10:08:00

Palm Springs Chosen As Ideal Location for Conference Title -- 'The Culture of Leisure: Rethinking the California Dream' SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The 34th Annual Conference of the California Preservation Foundation in Palm Springs is expected to draw an enthusiastic gathering of like-minded preservationists who will ponder and explore the provocative conference topic - The Culture of Leisure: Rethinking the California Dream. "Our 2009 annual conference will be an exciting and...

2008-09-18 12:00:21

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Howard Pollman, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, +1-717-783-9882 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/--The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission today presented the first Visionary in Historic Preservation award to a Philadelphian who has used her expertise in land use and the environment to further historic preservation efforts in Pennsylvania. PHMC Executive Director Barbara Franco presented the honor to Joanne Denworth,...

2008-08-26 09:00:49

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2008) - The Office de consultation publique de Montreal (OCPM) announces today the publication of its report on the draft Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan. The consultation on the draft Plan ran from mid-March to the end of April, and attracted more than 3000 participants, who attended any of the 15 public meetings or answered the consultation questionnaire provided by the Office. Some 2785 people filled out the questionnaire, the...

2008-07-27 06:00:21

By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 27--On the wall maps in the county's land preservation office, the color green marks the nearly 45,000 acres that are permanently safeguarded from development. "I want to make my map greener," said William D. Amoss, manager of the county's agricultural and historic preservation program. "The more options we have for preservation, the better it is for landowners." Now the County Council has given the program another option. By designating the...

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2008-02-12 13:45:00

Archaeologists from UCLA and the University of Groningen (RUG) in the Netherlands have found the earliest evidence ever discovered of an ancient Egyptian agricultural settlement, including farmed grains, remains of domesticated animals, pits for cooking and even floors for what appear to be dwellings, the National Geographic Society announced today. The findings, which were unearthed in 2006 and are still being analyzed, also suggest possible trade links with the Red Sea, including a...

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2007-02-21 11:15:00

WASHINGTON -- It's a mystery even for researchers at the Smithsonian Institution: What happened to the huge crowds at the National Air and Space Museum? The estimated number of visitors to the museum plunged to about 5 million in 2006 from a six-year high of 9.4 million in 2003, according to the latest attendance report from the museum complex. And the decline has been far sharper than that of the overall Smithsonian, which includes 18 museums and the National Zoo. Last year, attendance at...

2006-08-11 10:07:19

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - The husband of a curator at the center of a stolen art scandal in Russia said he and his wife were so poor that they stole artefacts from the Hermitage museum to buy insulin for her diabetes, his lawyer said on Friday. The theft of more than 200 silver and enamel pieces from the Hermitage exposed years of under-funding and neglect at Russia's museums, with staff paid paltry wages and no cash for adequate security. President Vladimir Putin has...

2006-08-07 09:06:09

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - The theft of $5 million worth of treasures from the Hermitage museum was an accident waiting to happen, officials said on Monday, appealing for urgent action to secure the priceless collections of Russian museums. The husband and son of a curator at the St Petersburg museum have confessed to stealing at least some of the 221 artifacts over a period of six years. Only six of the objects have been recovered. The museum houses one of the world's...

2006-08-05 04:21:25

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Police investigating the theft of hundreds of artworks from Russia's Hermitage Museum have arrested two suspects, Interfax news agency quoted a source close to the investigation as saying on Saturday. The suspects have confessed to stealing the artifacts, worth about $5 million, over a period of six years with the collusion of a curator at the museum who died suddenly during an audit of the museum's collections, the agency said. "Two people suspected of...

2006-08-01 10:17:03

By Dennis Pinchuk ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Historic Russian art worth nearly $5 million has vanished from the Hermitage, one of the world's greatest museums, its director said on Tuesday, with suspicion falling on members of staff. Auditors noticed the loss of pieces of silver and enamel, made by Russian craftsmen in the Middle Ages and 19th century, in stock-taking last month. News agencies said the lost artworks included icons, religious works and items with precious...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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