cultural preservation

Sailing ships at sea (© Steve Helber/AP Images)

U.S. Coast Guard shares maritime treasure in Caribbean

The tall-sail ship Eagle serves a dual purpose for the U.S. Coast Guard, training its recruits in traditional sailing skills and representing the U.S. as a floating ambassador.
Fans in stands cheering (© Matthias Schrader/AP Images)

U.S. represents at World Cup through team kit

Fans around the world are wearing jerseys to support their team in the World Cup. See how American companies are helping to outfit some of the world's best players.
Scroll with ancient text (© Baz Ratner/Reuters)

NASA tech helps unravel secrets of Dead Sea Scrolls

NASA helped bring space telescope tech to the archaeology lab and uncover hidden text in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Buddha statue going into CT scanner (Freer/Sackler/Staff}

Working together to conserve Asian art treasures

For the first time, three ancient lacquer Buddha sculptures were exhibited at the Freer-Sackler galleries. Research helps ensure they'll last another thousand years.
Fireworks exploding behind cylindrical sculpture (© Wally Skaliji/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)

Persia’s Cyrus Cylinder inspires Americans

The glittering Freedom Sculpture in Los Angeles, modeled after the ancient clay Cyrus Cylinder, is just one testimonial to Persian king Cyrus the Great's support for human rights.
Eastern façade of the Wazir Khan Chowk (Aga Khan Cultural Service)

An iconic Pakistani mosque’s plaza is public once more

When the public square of the Wazir Khan Mosque — a symbol of Pakistan's cultural heritage — needed restoration, a U.S.-funded program came to the rescue.
Meghan Markle smiling (© Ian Vogler/AP Images)

In England, royal wedding has an American accent

The wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Prince Harry will blend British pageantry with carefully chosen American elements, a fresh take on time-honored traditions.
Headshot of woman in red jacket, wearing glasses (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

North Korean defector serves up hope in her restaurant

In her restaurant, Lee Ae-ran serves everyone — South Koreans and fellow defectors — flavors from home.
Man wearing religious robes at doors of church (© Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/VIEWpress/Getty Images)

Easter traditions in America

Each spring, American Christians celebrate Easter in their homes and churches with time-honored activities including prayer and feasting.