Anti-Semitic vandalism uncovered at the national park site

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Authorities are investigating anti-Semitic vandalism of the Temple Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park.

The vandals used paint and black permanent markers on Auguste Saint-Gaudens’ historic burial site, the Valley News first reported. Park staff first reported the vandalism on the morning of October 1.

“We were heartbroken to discover this act of vandalism on the temple monument and the grave of the Saint-Gaudens family and we condemn both the act and the language used,” wrote Superintendent Rick Kendall in a communicated. statement on facebook. “We are already working with curators from the National Park Service to carefully restore the monument. “

Rainey McKenna, spokesperson for the park, told Valley News that the vandalism “does not appear to be random,” although the family is not Jewish.


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National Park Service curators began treatment on Oct.4 and are expected to complete the restoration by Oct.15, according to the park service.

The temple, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was built in plaster in 1905 before Saint-Gaudens’ wife Augusta commissioned a reconstruction of the site in marble after her death in 1907.

The Saint-Gaudens family began spending their summers in Cornwall in 1885, leading to the formation of the Cornish Art Colony.


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