cultural preservation

Stone ruins of ancient city (© Dea/V. Giannella/Getty Images)

Protecting the legacy of Nan Madol, a lost city in the...

The ancient city of Nan Madol is a marvel of engineering in Micronesia. New funding from the United States will help preserve the site for future generations.
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.
Tall ship on the water with sails full (© George Adkins/Maritime Museum of San Diego)

Living history museums bring the past to life

Found in regions across the United States, living history museums create an immersive, hands-on experience so visitors can learn about different eras of American history.
Heather Maxwell (second from right) and three men sitting at curved table with microphones (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Voice of America’s ‘Music Time in Africa’ spans cultures and genres

"Music Time in Africa," the Voice of America's longest-running show in English, brings African music new and old each week to millions of listeners on the continent and around the globe.
Close-up of Omara Moctar (© Partisan Records)

‘Desert blues’ king electrifies music fans [video]

Omara "Bombino" Moctar is the pride of West Africa. Meet the man whose musical passions and Tuareg heritage have made him a rising star.
Head of an ancient Persian soldier carved into limestone (Manhattan District Attorney's Office)

U.S. judge orders return of Persian antiquity to Iran

An ancient Persian artifact stolen decades ago will soon be headed home. Learn how, and why, the U.S. combats art smuggling and repatriates stolen cultural property.
Young boy gesturing in front of picture of Nelson Mandela gesturing (© Ben Curtis/AP Images)

Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace lives on

Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 this July. People all over the world are reflecting on what the anti-apartheid icon who died in 2013 means to them.
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.