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People looking at exhibits (Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Exhibit explores how Americans work together for a cause

Volunteering is one of the pillars of American democracy. Learn about a Library of Congress exhibit that explores voluntary associations.
2 people holding hands and walking toward building (© David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Can a name become a metaphor for civil rights?

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy lives on in the U.S. in part through thousands of things named after him. Learn how that tradition began.
Visitors look at National Christmas Tree (© Jose Luis Magana/AP Images)

National Christmas Tree celebration turns 100

Cheers to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony's 100th birthday! Read on to find out how the ceremony began and evolved over time.
Woman holding packages of food (Courtesy of World Central Kitchen/WCK.org)

They rush into any crisis … and cook

World Central Kitchen has been feeding people in crisis since 2010. Learn about the work the nonprofit does in Ukraine and beyond.
Chris Davis holding Harris hawk (Courtesy of Paul Wulfsberg)

American falconers explain their enthusiasm for the sport

November 16 is World Falconry Day. Meet three devoted American falconers caught up in the attractions of the ancient sport.
Children wearing costumes trick-or-treating (© David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

Halloweening for a special cause

Trick-or-treating goes digital in 2022 with UNICEF's campaign to raise money for children all over the world. Just scan the QR code and go!
Woman standing outdoors looking up and smiling (Courtesy of Mount Holyoke College)

Women’s colleges work for these scholars

What's it like going to a women's college in the United States? Three women with roots in the Middle East share their experiences.
Elizabeth Rule smiling (Courtesy of Elizabeth Rule)

Offering a fuller picture of Indigenous Maryland

A new mobile app created by an American University professor helps users learn about the past and present contributions of Indigenous peoples.
Screen grab from YouTube video of White House spokesperson on left with sign language interpreter on right

Signing from the highest levels of government

Learn more about the important role federal American Sign Language interpreters have in maintaining our democracy.