Cultural Preservation

Bouquets of sympathy flowers leaning against a wall (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Notre Dame bells ‘will sound again’

Americans express their sorrow over the fire at Notre Dame and pledge support in the repair of this "irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization."
Inside of Notre Dame filled with people (© Morse/AP Images)

America’s love for Notre Dame

The iconic French cathedral Notre Dame de Paris has a long history of importance to the people of America, as illustrated in these beautiful photos.
Notre Dame cathedral in flames (© Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

As Notre Dame burns, White House sends words of comfort to...

As the fire continued to burn at Notre Dame, White House officials shared their sorrow with the people of France.
Silhouette of people standing at the Tidal Basin surrounded by cherry blossoms (© J. David Ake/AP Images)video

Cherry blossom trees symbolize enduring U.S.-Japan ties [video]

Take a virtual walk among the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington and learn more about their history in this 360-degree video!
Illustration of a Chinese dragon snaking its way through a university building (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Do Confucius Institutes threaten academic freedom?

Academics and policymakers say the Chinese Communist Party exports censorship to universities in other countries through its cultural centers.
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Pompeo: ‘Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism’ [video]

Share excerpts of Secretary of State Pompeo's recent remarks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington.
Table with items symbolizing springvideo

‘Nowruz Mubarak!’ U.S. sends Persian New Year greetings [video]

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo send warm greetings to everyone celebrating Nowruz in the U.S. and around the world.
Shelves full of books (© Shutterstock)

China targets intellectuals in bid to eradicate Uighur culture

Kamaltürk Yalqun is searching for his father, a leading Uighur intellectual and scholar who disappeared in China's crackdown against ethnic minorities.
People looking at a table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Washington celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year

See how children and adults participated in traditional Persian New Year activities at the Smithsonian's 11th annual Nowruz celebration.