Cultural Preservation

Buildings on Mackinac Island (© David R. Frazier Photolibrary, Inc./Alamy)

What makes a National Historic Landmark?

Culturally and historically significant locations are eligible for federal funding as National Historic Landmark sites. Learn more about the designation.
Rocky Mountain goat standing on cliff with mountains in distance (© Viktor Posnov/Alamy)

Sister Parks program links countries around the world

The United States is a partner with more than 30 countries around the world through the Sister Parks program, promoting environmental conservation.
Exposed beams, walls and ceiling of main hall of Etz Hayim synagogue (© Yusuf Tuvi)

U.S., Turkey join to protect cultural heritage

Even before signing a cultural property agreement, the U.S. and Turkey worked together to save a centuries-old synagogue that was on the verge of collapse.
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.
Grassy trail bordered by stone walls (© Erlantz Perez Rodriguez/Alamy)

U.S. joins Latin American countries to protect Incan heritage

Learn how the U.S. has been helping three Andean countries ensure that their Incan and pre-Incan heritage sites will endure for generations to come.
Praying Asian woman with forehead marked with cross (© Scott Olson/Getty Images)

American Christians find renewal during Lent

Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, is a time of spiritual renewal for Christians that includes prayer and giving to others, even in a pandemic.
Person wearing ball cap and face covering coated in brightly colored powder, standing in crowd of people (© Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

While keeping Holi, some Americans will welcome spring in summer

This year, Americans are adapting their Holi celebrations to the realities of a pandemic, but festivities are still being planned — carefully.
Table setting with flowers and greenery for Nowruz (© Ali Sadr)

Online Nowruz connects Americans to the world

Mindful of the ongoing pandemic, U.S. museums and cultural centers are helping Americans celebrate Nowruz safely and joyfully in 2021.
Illustration of five people singing and playing instruments (State Dept./D. Thompson)

National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

A new museum chronicles the ascent of Black American music in the United States and its wider influence over 50 different music genres.