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Theme Introduction : Treasures


We all treasure things that have special meaning for us.

Treasures at Home & Around the World

Each of us has things that we care a lot about.

Families, communities, cities, and even nations value special things.
Some families pass on heirlooms.

People in one community might prize a ceremonial mask.

A city can be proud of its first fire engine.

In the moist, tropical climate of Indonesia, this treasured sculpture at a royal temple has survived for nearly 400 years.

After a devastating fire in the 1990s, a great deal of money was spent to restore Windsor Castle because it is a special building in England.


In the 1960s construction of a new high dam on the Nile River would have flooded this ancient Egyptian temple. People cared enough about it to cut it apart like a huge stone puzzle and put it together again on higher ground.

Among the famous treasures in the United States are the Statue of Liberty, the original Star Spangled Banner, and the Liberty Bell.

At the end of the 20th Century, the White House Millenium Council and Save Outdoor Sculpture, a project jointly sponsored by the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, worked together to find and protect outdoor artworks that have special meaning for Americans.

In the year 2000, then first lady, Hillary Clinton visited Albuquerque, New Mexico to declare Luis Jiménez' [Loo EES Him EHN ez] sculpture, the Southwest Pieta, to be an officially designated national historic treasure.


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