Ambassador Nealon Presents the Award for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation to the Instituto Hondureño de Antropologia e Historia

Ambassador James Nealon presents the award for the 2015 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation at the Comayagua Cathedral. (State Dept. Photo)
Ambassador James Nealon presents the award for the 2015 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation at the Comayagua Cathedral. (State Dept. Photo)

TEGUCIGALPA – Ambassador Nealon presented the Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia (IHAH) the award for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for the implementation of the project “Conservation of the 18th-Century Altarpiece of the Virgin of the Rosary at the Comayagua Cathedral” at a ceremony in the Comayagua Cathedral on Friday, September 25. The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation allows the U.S. to demonstrate respect for Honduran culture and develop partnerships and strengthen civil entities in order to help preserve cultural heritage.

The prize, totaling US$ 65,850, will restore the altarpiece of the Virgin of the Rosary at the Comayagua Cathedral. This winning proposal is a follow-up to the 2011 AFCP award to preserve the Altarpiece of the Lord God of Salame. With the completion of this project, both altarpieces on the left and right hand side of the main altar at the Cathedral will be restored.

The award was presented in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Comayagua, Carlos Miranda; the Bishop of the Comayagua Diocese, Monsignor Roberto Camillieri; the Director of IHAH, Mr. Virgilio Paredes; docents from the Museum of Comayagua; and also students from a local school, who experienced first-hand the partnership between the U.S. and Honduras in order to preserve cultural patrimony.

After the ceremony, the Ambassador toured the Comayagua Museum, which is hosting the restoration, visited with other ceremony attendees, and gave interviews to the press.