Cultural Preservation

Barbecued meat on a platter (© Marie Sonmez Photography/Shutterstock)

Americans feel strongly about barbecue

Americans will fire up their barbecue grills for the Fourth of July. But what they eat depends on where they live. Learn how those regional styles formed.
Two people carrying reeds across field (© Quirina Luna Geary)

Preserving one Native American tribe’s language and culture

Meet Quirina Geary, a Northern California activist who is working to keep the Mutsun language alive by studying and teaching.
Left: Array of stone arrowheads, knife blades and other tools. Right: Gloved hand holding stone arrowhead (Homeland Security Investigations)

U.S. returns 523 artifacts to Mexico

Antiquities trafficking is a multibillion dollar, transnational criminal enterprise. Here's what happened when someone smuggled stolen Mexican artifacts.
Kamaltürk Yalqun shows his father's book in April 2019 in Philadelphia. Yalqun Rozi, who is imprisoned in the People's Republic of China, devoted his life to Uighur literature and education. (© Jacqueline Larma/AP Images)

Uyghur educators face prison, death in China

The People's Republic of China sentences Uyghur educators to prison as part of a campaign of repression against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, critics say.
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.