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Drayton Hall Preservation Trust (DHPT), a privately funded nonprofit organization responsible for the operation and administration of Drayton Hall, a National Trust historic site, today announced that Vice President and Deputy Director Carter C. Hudgins, Ph.D., has been named President and CEO.

“Drayton Hall is one of our nation’s finest architectural treasures and a site of great international significance,” said Hudgins, “and I’m honored by the opportunity to shape its future—a future that stands firmly on its past. Continuing the work that has already begun to advance the site’s traditional operating model, this next year will be a period of extraordinary growth as we transform Drayton Hall into a center for research, preservation, and interpretation.”

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Another $150,000 in federal funding has been procured for a New York historic site where previously unknown wall paintings by a famous 19th-century artist have been uncovered.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced this week that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has approved the additional grant for the home of Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole.

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With the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and Frederic Church’s home Olana, a New York state Parks Historic Site, in Greenport, it’s fair to say that Greene and Columbia counties form the heartland of the Hudson River School of Painting.

As such, movement in the art world that pertains to their works is always of interest to many in the area, and there has, in fact, been movement.

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A pair of American tourists were pinched by Italian police when Fiumicino airport authorities in Rome discovered a stolen Pompeii relic in their luggage, reports the Local. The remarkably ill-advised crime rivals our favorite Italian art news story of the year, “Italian Student Smashes Sculpture While Taking Selfie” in its general stupidity.

The massive artifact, which was removed from a building at the historic site, weighed more than 65 pounds, but that wasn’t about to stop the thieves from smuggling it on board an aircraft and back to the States.

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The Palm Springs Art Museum announced that it will unveil its new Architecture and Design Center on November 9. The Edwards Harris Pavilion will be the hub of the museum’s exploration of architecture and design, and will feature spaces for exhibitions, educational and community programs, and research. The 13,000-square-foot building will also include a museum shop, curatorial offices, and a storage area.

The Architecture and Design Center is located in a restored mid-century Modern bank in downtown Palm Springs. The structure was designed in 1961 by the celebrated architect E. Stewart Williams to be the Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building and was recently designated as a protected Class I Historic Site. The Architecture and Design Center’s inaugural exhibition, “An Eloquent Modernist, E. Stewart Williams, Architect,” will explore Williams’ contributions to Desert Modern style as well as the Coachella Valley’s architectural landscape.

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