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Blurred lights from spinning carnival rides (© Joel Sartore/National Geographic)

State fairs in photos: Food, livestock and fun

State fairs showcase U.S. agriculture and give future farmers a way to impress expert judges. They also provide summertime fun for many Americans.
Woman playing the violin with dancers in Ukrainian dress behind her (Christine Syzonenko)

In photos: Americans celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day

Ukrainian American communities throughout the United States celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day in festivals every August.
Painting of three children holding hands with flags painted on their cheeks (Sister Cities International)

Young artists shine as citizen diplomats

Young artists from around the world participate in a Sister Cities International art competition to highlight world peace.
Overhead view of city with blue-lighted walkways (© MVRDV/Ossip van Duivenbode)

Old highways and rail lines become gardens and walkways

Seoul, Sydney and Jerusalem are among cities that took a cue from New York and repurposed their old highways and railways into parks and trails.
Landscape in Wadi Rum, Jordan (© Jeremy Horner/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Hollywood finds a partner in Jordan

To many, Jordan has become the Hollywood of the Middle East, with an award-winning film commission and a number of recent hit films shot there.
Folk art showing man and woman (Library of Congress)

U.S.-Poland friendship reflected in rare digitized collection

What began as a gift of friendship between Poland and the U.S. more than 90 years ago is now a gift to researchers and genealogists around the world.
CT scanning of mummy (© The Field Museum)

Technology lets us see inside a mummy

A New York museum highlights the technology that scientists use to draw connections between modern and ancient societies by examining a mummy.
Women in traditional costumes holding torches (© AP Images)

Baltic embassies delight Washington with song and dance

Each year in Washington, thousands line up to get a glimpse inside the Baltic embassies and a taste of each country’s native food, art and entertainment.
Illustration of a light bulb surrounded by charts and graphs (State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)

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