Men and women in formal dress posing for photo (© AP Images)

America celebrates the performing arts with Kennedy Center Honors

Rapper LL Cool J and singer Gloria Estefan were among the performing artists honored by the Kennedy Center and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Doorway with trees and flags leading to a Christmas tree ((© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Decking the White House halls

The White House's holiday decorations conjure up a winter fantasy each year. See how the magic happens with trees, ornaments and more.
2017 National Christmas Tree lighting in front of the White House (© AP Images)

Merry Christmas from the White House [video]

Every year there is a ceremony in Washington to light the National Christmas Tree. Watch President Trump's Christmas message.
President Trump and others standing next to a turkey (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving turkey stops by the White House before going to college

Each year in the U.S., the president kicks off the winter holiday season in an official "turkey pardoning" ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden.
Screenshot of video showing 2017 MacArthur Foundation grant recipients (MacArthur Foundation)video

MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners include innovators with global reach [video]

The 2017 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipients include innovators and visionaries in the arts, science and the humanities.
Building with many windows and large grassy area in front (State Dept.)

The architectural beauty of U.S. Embassy buildings

Many of the buildings used for U.S. embassies throughout the world are noteworthy for both the beauty of their architecture and their historic significance.
Man leaping as woman plays musical instrument (Margaret Schulman)

Decades later, Japan’s gift to Americans is still vibrant

The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, a gift from Japan in 1976, is celebrating its reopening with artwork and performances that pay tribute to the country.
Corner of layered building (© Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post via Getty Images)

Smithsonian stamp shows African-American history is American history

A new stamp honors the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's the first time a Smithsonian museum is on a U.S. postage stamp.
Four football players holding hands on the field, facing fans seated on bleachers (© Tim Richardson)

Football: A fall tradition in schools across America

The football season is the best one for many Americans. This is the second article on the role of secondary schools in U.S. communities.