Auction house won't sell Civil War soldier's skull amid protests

Auction house won't sell Civil War soldier's skull amid protests

GETTYSBURG, Pa., June 3 (UPI) --Protests from Civil War historians have halted a Pennsylvania auction house's plan to sell a skull recovered in 1949 from the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Met museum sued over admission signage

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- A class action lawsuit was filed against New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art over its allegedly misleading admissions signs.

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Booth bobbleheads pulled in Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Pa., March 14 (UPI) -- The Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center in Pennsylvania has pulled bobble-head dolls of John Wilkes Booth from its bookstore following complaints from visitors.

Historian: Lincoln gay claim a hoax

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A prominent Abraham Lincoln historian in New York says an activist who claims the 16th president was gay admitted to him the story was fabricated.
President Bush awards 11 Humanities Medals

President Bush awards 11 Humanities Medals

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush handed out 2008 National Humanities Medals to nine people, a museum and a philanthropic foundation during a White House ceremony.

Met says Italian chariot to stay

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York says it has no plans to return an ancient chariot to a tiny town in Italy.

N.Y. Met to send artifacts back to Italy

ROME, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will send 20 of its artifacts back to Italy in exchange for loans of other objects of equal "importance and beauty."

Met Museum acquires major photo collection

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- New York's Metropolitan museum has announced plans to exhibit selected photographs from the recently acquired 8,500-item Gilman Paper Company Collection. Spokesman Harold Holzer said only the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has holdings that compare t

Met Museum spends big for Duccio painting

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The Metropolitan Museum confirmed Wednesday that it had shelled out multi-millions for a small "Madonna and Child" by Renaissance master Duccio di Buoninsegna.

Animal pelts, prints get fashion exhibit

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The splashy annual show mounted by the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum will have animal pelts and prints as its theme this year. Harold Holzer, a spokesman for the musem, said Thursday the show, opening Dec. 7, will be titled "Wild: Fashioned

Artist claims paintings contains semen

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- A search is under way for an artist who left disturbing paintings of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on the walls of several U.S. museums.

Waterston plays Lincoln at historic site

NEW YORK, April 13 (UPI) -- Actor Sam Waterston, who has made a career of playing Abraham Lincoln, will deliver Lincoln's historic Cooper Union speech May 5 in the Union's Great Hall.

El Greco painting returned to Crete museum

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A painting by Spanish Old Master El Greco has been returned to the Historical Museum of Crete despite a lawsuit claiming Nazis stole it during World War II.

Mellon Millions To Aid Reeling Arts Groups

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has come to the aid of New York area cultural institutions, a $13 billion industry reeling in the wake of the Sept. l1 terrorist
Harold Holzer
Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer speaks during a rendition of "Lincoln: Seen and Heard," in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 11, 2005. This year marks the 196th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, 1809. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Harold Holzer (born February 5, 1949) is a scholar on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the American Civil War Era. He serves as co-chairman of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed to the commission by President Bill Clinton and elected co-chair by his fellow commissioners; and as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he is responsible for marketing, communications, government relations, internal communications, visitor services, and multicultural audience development at the nation's largest art institution.

In his work as a historian, Holzer has authored, co-authored, and edited 34 books, as well as more than 430 articles for magazines and journals, plus chapters and forewords for 39 additional books. He is a frequent guest on television (C-Span, PBS, A&E, The History Channel, most recently on "Bill Moyers Journal"), lectures, and has curated five museum exhibitions of original art, including three shows of Lincoln art at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne. He serves as guest historian for the forthcoming (October 2009) exhibition "Lincoln and New York" at the New-York Historical Society. He has performed, throughout the nation, stage programs entitled "Lincoln Seen and Heard," "The Lincoln Family Album" and "Lincoln in American Memory"--which combine period pictures with authentic words—with such actors as Sam Waterston, Liam Neeson, Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and Dianne Wiest. The programs have been staged at such venues as: the White House, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, The William J. Clinton Presidential Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Lincoln Association of Los Angeles, The Lincoln Forum at Gettysburg, and Ford's Theatre, site of the Lincoln assassination.

Before joining the Metropolitan Museum in 1992, Holzer was special counselor to the New York State economic development director in the administration of Governor Mario M. Cuomo (with whom he co-edited the 1993 book, "Lincoln on Democracy," which has now been translated into four languages). Before that, he was director of communications at WNET/Channel 13, the flagship PBS station in New York, and in the 1970s, served as a political press secretary—first to Rep. Bella S. Abzug (D-NY) in Congress and in her campaigns for the U. S. Senate and Mayor of New York; and in the 1977 general election mayoral campaign of Mr. Cuomo. Holzer started his career as a reporter, later editor, for the onetime news weekly the "Manhattan Tribune."

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