Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Congress has determined certain classes of assets to be nationally significant regardless of agency mission. All agencies must account for such assets. Agencies have heritage assets as a result of their compliance with a suite of environmental and cultural resource protection laws and regulations. For example, heritage assets such as archeological collections are not pertinent to the mission of the Department of Defense (defending the country), but they are extremely significant to government-wide heritage preservation policies and mandates promulgated in laws, regulations, and executive orders.
Additionally, some Federal property acquires historical significance through association with significant events and individuals. Such property may become part of a museum collection in order to preserve agency history.
The following is a list of the other federal agencies responsible for museum collections. Each federal agency presents a mission statement on its website, and a comprehensive list of federal agencies may be found here.
Central Intelligence Agency Museum The CIA Museum supports the Agency's operational, recruitment, and training missions and helps visitors better understand CIA and the contributions it makes to national security.
U.S. Diplomacy Center A new, state-of-the-art U.S. Diplomacy Center Exhibition Hall will welcome visitors to the Department of State and show how diplomacy builds bridges of understanding today and throughout our nation's history.
Federal Bureau of Investigation While the FBI does not have a museum that is open to the public, it maintains an extensive collection of objects that record the history of the bureau and its contributions to the safety and security of the American public.
General Services Administration The Fine Arts Program manages GSA's Fine Arts Collection to ensure its safety, accessibility, preservation, and appropriate use in order to enhance and promote high-quality work environments for federal agencies and the public they serve.
Smithsonian Institution The world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums and 9 research centers.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force The U.S. Air Force Museum provides exhibits and aircraft restoration programs, as well as curatorial and historical research functioning in support of these programs. It maintains an extensive collection of two-dimensional media.
U.S. Army Museums The Army Museum System consists of certified Army Museums, the National Guard and Army Reserve collections, and the functions that support those museums and collections.
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center In addition to its role as a symbol of the American people and their government, the U.S. Capitol houses a collection of American art, artifacts, and documents related to the history of the Capitol and Congress.
U.S. Coast Guard Museum Tucked away on the grounds of the picturesque U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the Coast Guard Museum contains artifacts that span the two hundred year history of America's premier maritime service.
U.S. Marine Corps, National Museum of the Marine Corps The National Museum of the Marine Corps aims to show American history as seen through the eyes of individual Marines across two centuries. The Museum collects and provides stewardship for objects related to the history of the Marine Corps.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command The U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command consists of eleven museums dedicated the artifacts, documents, and art that best embody naval history and heritage and making naval history come alive.
U.S.Treasury Department The curator for the U.S. Treasury Department preserves the cultural resources of the Treasury Building and Treasury Annex for the enjoyment of the public, Treasury employees, and future generations.
The White House Pride of the American nation, the White House collection of fine arts owes its existence to the scores of individuals and organizations that have nurtured and supported it.