USA - Upper Valley national park site vandalized with antisemitic language

Cornish, NH
- Authorities are asking for the public’s help to track down the person who vandalized a national park in the Upper Valley.

National Park Service rangers and the New Hampshire State Police are investigating what they call “antisemitic” vandalism at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish. Officials say vandals struck at the Temple Monument where the family of famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens is interred. People from all over the world visit the park every year. and the vandalism does not sit well with visitors we spoke to.

“What they don’t realize is when they do that sort of thing they are destroying their own heritage. And it’s never been driven home that, Hey, you don’t do this,” said David Ryder, a visitor from Springfield, Mass.

Among other works, Saint-Gaudens is famous for designing the $10 and $20 gold coins that were minted in the early 1900s. His family spent summers in Cornish, which led to the formation of the Cornish Art Colony.

A park spokesperson said the family was not Jewish so it’s unclear why the monument was targeted.