cultural preservation

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.
Open book and stacks of books (© Shutterstock)

An American laurel for translated masterpieces

The National Book Awards recently created a prestigious prize for works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, translated into English. Authors, translators and readers will benefit.
Women in blue dresses dancing onstage (© Ali Khaligh)

Persian New Year celebrations spring up across the U.S.

Each spring, Iranian Americans and others organize Nowruz festivals and events in the U.S. to welcome the New Year and pay tribute to their cultural heritage.
Roman amphitheater in Sabratha, Libya (©Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S., Libya join forces to protect Libya’s cultural heritage

Terrorists and international organized criminal groups have been looting and illicitly trafficking Libya's archaeological and cultural property. The U.S. wants to help put a stop to the thefts.
Illustration of Rauan Kenzhekhanuly (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Reviving the Kazakh language on Wikipedia

Rauan Kenzhekhanuly is on a mission to spread his native Kazakh language, and he's doing it through an unlikely medium: Wikipedia.
Museum exhibit of ancient sculptures (© Joseph Eie/AFP/Getty Images)

Art smugglers, beware: New York’s sleuths are on your trail

Launching an aggressive campaign against the trafficking of cultural property, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has created a new law-enforcement squad dedicated to solving and stopping the theft of antiquities. Find out why this mission is so important.
Large crowd of people on a bridge, with one hand reaching skyward (© Gerald Herbert/AP Images)

Explore the trail of the U.S. civil rights movement

A new website, civilrightstrail.com, uses 360-degree videos, historical comparison photos, interviews and interactive maps to guide visitors along important civil rights sites across the southern United States.