Women in blue dresses dancing onstage (© Ali Khaligh)

Persian New Year celebrations spring up across the U.S.

Each spring, Iranian Americans and others organize Nowruz festivals and events in the U.S. to welcome the New Year and pay tribute to their cultural heritage.
Young girl looking at large painting hanging on wall (© Ben Hines)

Marveling at Michelle Obama’s portrait, this girl captures hearts

A photo of Parker Curry, who is 2 years old, in front of a new portrait of Michelle Obama electrified social media and captured hearts around the globe.
Woman standing with arms outstretched with snow falling around her (© Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Versatile Paralympian poised for another medal run

Born in Ukraine, Oksana Masters is a double-amputee who has become one of America’s most versatile Paralympians, winning medals in both the Winter and Summer Games.
Large rotunda filled with people (© Chip Somodevilla/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Americans honor Billy Graham, pastor to presidents

President Trump led a grateful nation in paying tribute February 28 to “America’s Pastor,” the Reverend Billy Graham, in the solemnity of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
People cheering and clapping and smiling (© Eric Gaillard/Reuters/AP)

Ivanka Trump in Pyeongchang

White House adviser Ivanka Trump found her visit to South Korea "incredibly inspiring" as she led the U.S. delegation at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Mannequin in spacesuit sitting in car flying beyond Earth's orbit (SpaceX)

U.S. supports era of private spaceflight

At the National Space Council, the Trump administration is making sure regulations don't get in the way of America's innovation and private enterprise in space.
Large crowd of people on a bridge, with one hand reaching skyward (© Gerald Herbert/AP Images)

Explore the trail of the U.S. civil rights movement

A new website, civilrightstrail.com, uses 360-degree videos, historical comparison photos, interviews and interactive maps to guide visitors along important civil rights sites across the southern United States.
Three ice skaters (© Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Olympic figure skating: The early years

The evolution of figure skating is linked closely to the modern Olympic movement. The gravity-defying, glamour-loving athletes of today owe their sport to these pioneers on the ice.
Compilation with photos of John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln (Smithsonian Institution)

Images of U.S. presidents offer a peek at the past

Learn about some of the pictures on display in the American Presidents exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington.