Wanted in Rome: Italy’s fascist landmarks mapped in new website

Wanted in Rome: Italy’s fascist landmarks mapped in new website. “An online map charting the existing monuments, buildings and memorials honouring fascism in Italy was launched on Tuesday by the Istituto Ferruccio Parri, an historical research institute in Milan. The luoghi del fascismo website is hailed as Italy’s first nationwide project to document the surviving traces of Benito Mussolini’s regime and assess how the memory of fascism has been preserved and even revived in recent decades.”

The Mainichi: Nara researchers turn to crowdfunding to create old monument deciphering app

The Mainichi: Nara researchers turn to crowdfunding to create old monument deciphering app. “Researchers here are collecting money via crowdfunding to develop a smartphone app that lets anyone decipher writing on old stone monuments. The crowdfunding initiative launched by the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and other bodies on Oct. 5 has already collected its initial goal of 3.8 million yen (roughly $25,000) and is now aiming for 5 million yen ($33,000).”

Washington Post: Goodbye, Pushkin. Ukrainians target Russian street names, monuments.

Washington Post: Goodbye, Pushkin. Ukrainians target Russian street names, monuments.. “The onset of war has hastened Ukraine’s efforts to remove the names of famous Russian and Soviet figures from metro stations, streets and landmarks. There’s even an app. The only reason more Russian statues haven’t been toppled lately, [Serhii] Sternenko said, is that Ukrainians have been too busy fighting a war.”

Google Blog: Step into the Meroë pyramids with Google

Google Blog: Step into the Meroë pyramids with Google. “Today, you can explore these stunning pyramids, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Google Arts & Culture. Over 200 pyramids were constructed in Meroë, the third and final capital of the Kushite Kingdom, an ancient African civilization that ruled the lands of Nubia for over 3000 years. Now you can take a virtual walk through the Pyramids of Meroë and explore the inscriptions using Street View’s panoramic imagery.”

Reuters: World heritage at risk amid Ukraine war, UNESCO says

Reuters: World heritage at risk amid Ukraine war, UNESCO says. “Dozens of valuable churches, historical sites and museums have been damaged by the war in Ukraine, the United Nations’ cultural agency said on Friday, adding that it was particularly worried about the northern city of Chernihiv…. UNESCO’s first, preliminary list of totally or partially damaged sites featured 29 religious sites, 16 historical buildings, four museums and four monuments, it said.”

TIME: Ukrainian Museums Are Racing to Save Artifacts That Tell the Country’s Story

TIME: Ukrainian Museums Are Racing to Save Artifacts That Tell the Country’s Story. “They’ve done everything from evacuating works of art over the border to hiding objects in safe storage. Cities are trying to safeguard monuments and statues by surrounding them with sandbags and covering statues with fireproof material to protect them from bombing and shelling.”

University of North Carolina: A monumental visual history

New-to-me, from University of North Carolina: A monumental visual history. “Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, or CommLand, a partnership with University Libraries, now features the stories of over 1,000 monuments across the state in all 100 counties. It is the largest and most extensive curated site devoted to a single state’s historical monuments and memorials.”

Heise Online: Endangered EU monuments should be digitized quickly

From Heise Online and machine-translated from German: Endangered EU monuments should be digitized quickly. “The EU Commission is pushing for a ‘common European data space for cultural heritage’ to be set up. Endangered monuments and archaeological sites are to be digitized in 3D by 2030. By then, the member states should have converted half of their ‘most physically visited’ cultural facilities into a digital format.”

Independent Cork: Project aims to compile database of Cork’s many revolutionary monuments

Independent Cork: Project aims to compile database of Cork’s many revolutionary monuments. “A NEW project initiated by Cork County Council is set to compile the first comprehensive database of the numerous revolutionary related monuments dotted around the county. The project, which is being undertaken under the auspices of the Decade of Centenary programme, is aimed at enhance the knowledge of the period from 1912 to 1923 and ‘create a powerful resource to interpret how events of a century ago have been remembered ever since.’”

Mother Jones: Nearly 100 Confederate Monuments Were Toppled Last Year. What Happened to Them?

Mother Jones: Nearly 100 Confederate Monuments Were Toppled Last Year. What Happened to Them?. “Earlier this year, in April, I started a five-week, 7,300-mile road trip through the South to document Confederate monuments that had been taken down since George Floyd’s death the previous spring. My goal was to create a record of an unraveling—this moment in time when long-held narratives about Southern pride and the memorialization of Civil War ‘heroes’ are literally being knocked off their pedestals. I’m photographing the spaces where the monuments once stood, as well as where they’ve ended up. I’m also pairing these photos with archival images of the monuments, sometimes commemorated on postcards, other times in state and university archives, or in the Library of Congress.”

Governor of Virginia: Governor Northam Announces Artifacts for New Time Capsule

Governor of Virginia: Governor Northam Announces Artifacts for New Time Capsule. “Governor Ralph Northam today announced the artifacts for the new time capsule, crafted by Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale. The capsule will be placed in the concrete pedestal of Richmond’s Lee Monument. Historians believe a copper time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the Lee pedestal on October 27, 1887…. The statue itself will be removed on Wednesday. On Thursday, the original time capsule will be removed and handed over to the Department of Historic Resources.”

USA Today: Do Lincoln, Washington deserve statues? Chicago flags 41 controversial monuments for scrutiny

USA Today: Do Lincoln, Washington deserve statues? Chicago flags 41 controversial monuments for scrutiny. “City leaders on Wednesday flagged 41 controversial monuments, plaques and artworks for public discussion, months after the mayor formed a committee to review the city’s collection in the wake of a series of protests related to monuments last summer.”