Lenore T. Adkins

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Why protect wetlands?

World Wetlands Day is February 2. Educate yourself on why wetlands matter and how the U.S. government is restoring and mapping them.
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How public parks honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn about the significance of parks and trails named after Martin Luther King Jr. and how parks, and access to them, shaped his activism.
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U.S. mayors come from all walks of life

In many American cities, being a mayor is a part-time job. Learn about some of the interesting full-time jobs they have — and why.
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Replica Statue of Liberty reflects the ideals of her famous big...

A small Lady Liberty statue that France sent to the U.S. spent Independence Day on Ellis Island near her iconic big sister. Where is she now?
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Nonprofit journalism is booming in the U.S. Here’s why.

American startup culture drives the growth in nonprofit news, which provides investigative information often unavailable commercially.
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Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Learn how the U.S. is tackling this issue around the world.
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Native Americans’ many contributions to medicine

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about how Native Americans contribute to medical innovations.
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Music keeps U.S. troops in formation, boosts morale

U.S. troops stay in step on marches by singing cadence calls about military life. Learn more about them and other military music traditions.
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Remnants of the Berlin Wall — where are they now?

Learn how and why segments of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of totalitarianism and the Cold War, wound up all over the world.