Produced by Nikoleta Ilic
May 26, 2018
The Origins of the US Flag
To many Americans the Star-Spangled Banner, also known as Old Glory, is almost a religious icon. That hasn't always been the case. Back in the late 1700s, during the American Revolutionary War, regiments of George Washington's Continental Army used various flags to declare their independence from Great Britain. VOA's Nikoleta Ilic spoke with an expert on U.S. flags about the origins and the various iterations of the Star-Spangled Banner.
December 24, 2017
National History Museum Highlights Role of Religion in Early America
The role of religion in the formation and development of the United States is at the heart of an exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington. The exhibition, which runs until June 2018, explores the themes of religious diversity, freedom and growth from America's colonial era through the 1840s. VOA's Nikoleta Ilic spoke with the curator, Peter Manseau, and filed this report.
November 20, 2017
Presidential Pardon for Thanksgiving Turkey Has Long Tradition
The annual “pardoning” of White House turkeys each year by American presidents is an interesting tradition leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. It is said that President Abraham Lincoln’s clemency for a turkey was the origin for the pardoning ceremony that is now so well publicized. VOA’s Nikoleta Ilic has this report about the turkeys that are given to American Presidents.
November 07, 2017
Lance P. Sijan Award Recalls Bravery of Vietnam War Air Force Pilot
Since 1981, the U.S. Air Force has been presenting the Lance P. Sijan Award to individuals who demonstrate the highest qualities of leadership in the Air Force and in their lives. It is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Air Force.It's name honors the bravery of an Air Force pilot who was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War -- Lance P. Sijan. VOA's Nikoleta Ilic has the story on this Veteran's Day holiday.
October 30, 2017
Ghosts Appeared in the White House Soon after It was Built
The White House is an enduring symbol of American leadership. The country was not yet a quarter of a century old when John Adams inhabited the President’s House in 1800. From that time on, the White house has been the working and living quarters of many presidents and their families, and hosted a number of foreign and domestic dignitaries. But historian Edward Lengel, of the White House Historical Association, says it also was home to some other beings. VOA’s Nikoleta Ilic reports.
October 10, 2017
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions
Labor unions have existed in the United States since the late 19th Century. They were created to protect the working population from abuses such as sweatshops and unsafe working conditions. VOA's Nikoleta Ilic visited an exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington to find out how the American labor movement developed and where it stands today.
September 04, 2017
Exhibit Reveals How American Workers' Lives Have Changed
Labor Day, celebrated Monday September 4 in the United States, was originally a celebration of the dignity of work, but it gradually evolved into a long weekend celebrating the unofficial end of summer. VOA’s Nikoleta Ilic reports on an exhibit at the National Museum of American History that portrays working Americans over the last 250 years.
July 02, 2017
National Archives: 11,000 Failed Attempts to Change US Constitution
Each year, the National Archives organizes events marking the Fourth of July, the birthday of the United States of America. This year, the National Archives prepared an especially fitting exhibition. Entitled “Amending America,” it is a story about thousands of failed attempts to change the U.S. Constitution, a succinct body of fundamental principles and precedents by which America is governed. VOA’s Nikoleta Ilic recently caught up with National Archives curator, Christine Blackerby.