cultural preservation

Woman carrying wood in front of destroyed building (© Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)

Life in Russia-occupied Ukraine

Ukrainians are trying to rebuild their lives after Russia's attempts to erase their independent traditions and control their borders.
People in military uniforms and reflective vests in large room (Courtesy of Cori Wegener/Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative)

U.S. Army, Smithsonian join forces to protect art

A military-civilian partnership aims to preserve vulnerable cultural heritage, while reviving the mission of a famous World War II Army unit.
Interior of Christian cathedral (© James Schwabel/Alamy)

Religion and community in the United States

The many religious faiths practiced in the United States form communities around them. Congregations celebrate events and in turn enrich society.
Long row of deteriorated buildings with mountains in background (© Thomas Peipert/AP Images)

Biden’s first national monument teems with history and wildlife

President Biden has designated the Camp Hale–Continental Divide National Monument, which will protect over 21,000 hectares.
Eight Benin bronze sculptures displayed on wall (State Dept.)

30 Benin bronzes returned to Nigeria

U.S. museums returned 30 bronze artifacts to Nigerian museum officials as part of an ethical return policy for cultural property.
Elizabeth Rule smiling (Courtesy of Elizabeth Rule)

Offering a fuller picture of Indigenous Maryland

A new mobile app created by an American University professor helps users learn about the past and present contributions of Indigenous peoples.
Woman holding shofar as girl blows on it in front of mountain (© Nathan Bilow/AP Images)

A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

Learn about the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is part of a series on the ways Americans observe religious holidays.
Bust of Taras Shevchenko with bullet hole in forehead (© Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Russia continues its quest to erase Ukraine’s culture, identity

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to impose Russian cultural, economic and citizenship standards upon Ukrainian citizens.
Native American sitting on rim of canyon playing flute (NPS History Collection/Thomas C. Gray)

Native Americans protect heritage, connect visitors to nature at U.S. parks

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is August 9. Get to know Charles Sams III, director of the U.S. National Park Service.