Category Archives: identity

Finnish Baby Buggy Bumper: Finland’s “Maternity Package” as Cultural Heritage

In 1938, the Finnish government introduced the Maternity Grants Act.  That year, Finland’s expectant mothers each received a baby shower of supplies for their newborn.  All-weather clothing, health and hygiene products, bedding, a toy–these were some of life’s bare necessities … Continue reading

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Post Office Workers Curb Illicit Smuggling of Peru’s National Cultural Heritage

This article was prominently featured in the The New York Times Americas section on June 14th.  Self-proclaimed “defenders” of their nation’s history, an art historian and an archaeologist have joined together to safeguard Peruvian cultural heritage from illicit smuggling.  Trafficking in … Continue reading

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Endangered Breton Language Faces Extinction

In previous posts I have explored the alarming issue of language loss as it relates to the preservation (and extinction) of collective human knowledge and world cultures. Whether reporting the death of the last living member of the Bo language group, discussing the … Continue reading

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Addendum: Istanbul’s Cultural Heritage Inventory

Another short article about Turkey’s cultural heritage preservation appeared yesterday in the Hurriyet Daily News, this one lauding the success of Europa Nostra Turkey’s advocacy and awareness campaign.  According to the article, in the past few years the Turkish branch … Continue reading

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A Czech City’s Cultural Revitalization

Urban planners know well when a city’s leading industry or market folds the cultural milieu stands in jeopardy as well. When the Detroit auto industry collapsed in July 2009 and GM, Ford, and Chrysler were consequently forced to lay off … Continue reading

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Bronze Statue Honors Pittsburgh’s Friendliest Neighbor

The city of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) recently unveiled a 10-foot, $3 million bronze statue of its hometown hero, everybody’s friendly neighbor, Fred “Mister” Rogers. From 1968 to 2001, Fred Rogers was the host of the PBS program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” … Continue reading

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Coney Island’s Hot Dog Heritage

On the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, New York, stands the original Nathan’s Famous hot dog restaurant. Ever since it was established in 1916, devouring hot dogs at this particular location has become something of an American … Continue reading

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