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What year was the Declaration of Independence signed? Spoiler alert: 1776.

Even though someone may be a U.S. citizen, that doesn’t always mean they know the complete history of their country. Some residents and visitors to Washington, D.C. had a tough time answering questions from the citizenship test given to immigrants. When asked why we celebrate July Fourth Ricky Monroe, 55, said, “Was there a war…

In Basque region, Euskara language celebrates culture; brings controversy

WASHINGTON–This year’s theme for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. is “resilient communities,” one including the Basque region, in northern Spain and southwest France, where people have wanted independence for a very long time due to their cultural differences. Euskara, the native language of the Basque people, is considered to be one of Europe’s…

Smithsonian Folklife Festival features international cultures

The opening ceremony of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall commenced Wednesday to celebrate both Basque culture and the sounds of California. The Folklife Festival showcases each year cultural identity from the featured locations including art, food, dance, clothing and games. Jacob Jaureguy, 21, and Sebastian Caldoron, 22, are both from Spain’s…

The bands play on: Fort Reno concerts start after controversy

The decades-old Fort Reno concert series kicked off Monday after security costs threatened to cancel the annual community event this year. The event, which has been held annually since 1968 and takes place at Fort Reno Park in Tenleytown, was abruptly cancelled June 26, generating backlash from community members and a plea to reopen from D.C.’s Congresswoman…

Tenleytown, then and now

When you walk into Tenleytown, you might never suspect that you were in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Since its establishment, the neighborhood has evolved beyond its small beginnings. Tenleytown originally formed around the intersection of River Road and Wisconsin Avenue.The neighborhood’s name comes from the Tennally Tavern, built in 1791 and…