National Museum of American Diplomacy

National Museum of American Diplomacy The National Museum of American Diplomacy opens fully in 2022. Now on display is “Diplomacy Is Our Mission,” an exhibit on the story of American diplomacy.

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When Lino Gutiérrez joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1977, he was the only Latino in his class. Explore his remarkable...
09/20/2021
Diplomacy through Many Storms: Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez - National Museum of American Diplomacy

When Lino Gutiérrez joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1977, he was the only Latino in his class. Explore his remarkable journey as a U.S. diplomat in the latest addition to our “Facing Diplomacy” Project. #HispanicHeritageMonth

https://diplomacy.state.gov/u-s-diplomacy-stories/ambassador-lino-gutierrez/

When Lino Gutiérrez joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1977, he found himself to be the only Latino in his class. At that time, Hispanic Americans comprised

Join us in celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth! Later this month, additions to our ongoing  “Facing Diplomacy” project wi...
09/15/2021

Join us in celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth! Later this month, additions to our ongoing “Facing Diplomacy” project will share stories of Hispanic American diplomats who have served the U.S.

Join us in celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth! Later this month, additions to our ongoing “Facing Diplomacy” project will share stories of Hispanic American diplomats who have served the U.S.

09/14/2021
Diplomacy Classroom: The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Experience

Join us on September 14, 2021 at 1:00pm EDT for a special Diplomacy Classroom to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Teacher Program! We’ll be joined by Kayla Gatalica from the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program who will discuss the mission of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program and its global impact on teachers and students. We’ll also be joined by Turtle Haste, a program alumna, who’ll share her experiences while serving in the Republic of Georgia.

Today we honor all those who perished in the #September11 attacks, and those left to carry on. We are grateful to those ...
09/11/2021
Preserving the Memories and Mementos of September 11, 2001 - National Museum of American Diplomacy

Today we honor all those who perished in the #September11 attacks, and those left to carry on. We are grateful to those who offered support and answered the call to service in our time of sorrow:
https://diplomacy.state.gov/artifact-collection-highlights/preserving-the-memories-and-mementos-of-september-11-2001/

On September 11, 2001, the world saw the horrifying terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Many people worldwide rushed to American embassies to deliver messages of sympathy and support.

Happy Labor Day! Thank you to every contractor, Civil Servant, intern, and member of the Foreign Service who work tirele...
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day! Thank you to every contractor, Civil Servant, intern, and member of the Foreign Service who work tirelessly to make diplomacy possible. 🇺🇸

Happy Labor Day! Thank you to every contractor, Civil Servant, intern, and member of the Foreign Service who work tirelessly to make diplomacy possible. 🇺🇸

Explore our evolving project “Facing Diplomacy” that tells the story of the diverse U.S. diplomats who have served the U...
08/31/2021
Facing Diplomacy: Profiling Stories of Diverse Figures in American Diplomacy - National Museum of American Diplomacy

Explore our evolving project “Facing Diplomacy” that tells the story of the diverse U.S. diplomats who have served the United States around the world. 🤝 🌎

https://diplomacy.state.gov/education-program-mission-vision/facing-diplomacy/

Diplomats of color have broken barriers and accomplished much, but their stories are often untold. Through the museum's Facing Diplomacy project, we are curating academic resources and telling the stories of diverse diplomats.

08/30/2021
Diplomacy After Hours: The Power of Olympians, Paralympians, and Sports Diplomacy

What role does diplomacy play at the Olympics and Paralympics? See our recent Diplomacy After Hours program on the power of sports diplomacy.

This discussion features our Public Historian Dr. Alison Mann, Paralympian and U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy and ECA exchange sports alumnus John Register, Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Dr. Damion Thomas, and Program Specialist from Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State, Dr. Ashleigh Huffman.

93 years ago today on August 27, 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed. Learn more about the history and lasting impa...
08/27/2021
The Kellogg-Briand Pact: The Aspiration for Global Peace and Security - National Museum of American Diplomacy

93 years ago today on August 27, 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed. Learn more about the history and lasting impact of a treaty that sought to ban war forever.
https://diplomacy.state.gov/artifact-collection-highlights/the-kellogg-briand-pact/

World War I, also known as the Great War, began in 1914 and came to an end in 1918. In that time, Europe saw changes to national borders, advancements in

Explore our evolving project “Facing Diplomacy” that tells the story of the diverse U.S. diplomats who have served the U...
08/20/2021
Facing Diplomacy: Profiling Stories of Diverse Figures in American Diplomacy - National Museum of American Diplomacy

Explore our evolving project “Facing Diplomacy” that tells the story of the diverse U.S. diplomats who have served the United States around the world.🌎

Diplomats of color have broken barriers and accomplished much, but their stories are often untold. Through the museum's Facing Diplomacy project, we are curating academic resources and telling the stories of diverse diplomats.

08/17/2021
How to Teach History through Diplomacy Simulations

Join our Education Team for a discussion of the museum's new Historical Diplomacy Simulation Program and how to use it in the classroom! The event will include how to facilitate simulation participation and a tour of diplomacy education resources on the museum's website.

60 years ago today, on August 13, 1961, construction began on the Berlin Wall. Learn more about the history of the Berli...
08/13/2021
In The Cold War - National Museum of American Diplomacy

60 years ago today, on August 13, 1961, construction began on the Berlin Wall. Learn more about the history of the Berlin Wall with our interactive timeline:
http://diplomacy.state.gov/in-the-cold-war/

This is the history of the Berlin Wall told through the voices of American diplomats, featuring artifacts from the National Museum of American Diplomacy’s collection. As the political climate changed over the years in a divided Germany, American diplomats continued to work across barriers to advan...

Turn back the clock to 1956 and sit at the negotiating table for one of the defining moments of the Cold War with our Su...
08/12/2021
Historical Diplomacy Simulation: Suez Canal Crisis - National Museum of American Diplomacy

Turn back the clock to 1956 and sit at the negotiating table for one of the defining moments of the Cold War with our Suez Canal diplomacy simulation program. Learn more
https://diplomacy.state.gov/discover-diplomacy/simulations/suez-canal-crisis/

The Suez Canal was completed in 1869 to connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas, creating an essential waterway for global trade, as ships no longer had to

Afford your students the experiential learning opportunity of our new Spanish American Conflict diplomacy simulation! Le...
08/11/2021
Historical Diplomacy Simulation: Spanish-American Conflict of 1898 - National Museum of American Diplomacy

Afford your students the experiential learning opportunity of our new Spanish American Conflict diplomacy simulation! Learn more 🍎🌐⬇

https://diplomacy.state.gov/discover-diplomacy/simulations/spanish-american-conflict-1898/

By the 1830s, independence movements reduced Spain’s colonies to Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, the Philippines, and several smaller islands in the

Happy 268th birthday to Edmund Randolph, the United States’ 2nd Secretary of State! Randolph served as George Washington...
08/10/2021

Happy 268th birthday to Edmund Randolph, the United States’ 2nd Secretary of State! Randolph served as George Washington’s second Secretary of State from January 2, 1794 to August 20, 1795 following the resignation of Thomas Jefferson.

Like Jefferson’s, Secretary Randolph’s tenure was marked by the challenge to maintain a policy of neutrality between France and Great Britain.

Randolph opposed Jay’s Treaty, an agreement endorsed by Washington promoting trade between the U.S. and Great Britain. Randolph believed the treaty would negatively affect commercial ties with France and violate U.S. neutrality.

In response, British agents provided Washington’s Cabinet with intercepted letters between Randolph and French Minister Fauchet, claiming that Randolph had leaked secrets. While the claims were false, the situation led to Randolph’s resignation in 1795.

Happy 268th birthday to Edmund Randolph, the United States’ 2nd Secretary of State! Randolph served as George Washington’s second Secretary of State from January 2, 1794 to August 20, 1795 following the resignation of Thomas Jefferson.

Like Jefferson’s, Secretary Randolph’s tenure was marked by the challenge to maintain a policy of neutrality between France and Great Britain.

Randolph opposed Jay’s Treaty, an agreement endorsed by Washington promoting trade between the U.S. and Great Britain. Randolph believed the treaty would negatively affect commercial ties with France and violate U.S. neutrality.

In response, British agents provided Washington’s Cabinet with intercepted letters between Randolph and French Minister Fauchet, claiming that Randolph had leaked secrets. While the claims were false, the situation led to Randolph’s resignation in 1795.

Step back in time and into the shoes of the diplomats who tackled one of America’s first diplomatic crises in our Barbar...
08/10/2021
Historical Diplomacy Simulation: Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis - National Museum of American Diplomacy

Step back in time and into the shoes of the diplomats who tackled one of America’s first diplomatic crises in our Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis simulation program! Learn more⬇
https://diplomacy.state.gov/discover-diplomacy/simulations/barbary-pirates-hostage-crisis

For almost 300 years, leaders of the North African Barbary States hired ship captains to capture foreign ships in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

In April 1971, nine players from the USA Table Tennis team traveled to China, a historic trip that helped lay the ground...
08/06/2021
Ping Pong Diplomacy: Artifacts from the Historic 1971 U.S. Table Tennis Trip to China - National Museum of American Diplomacy

In April 1971, nine players from the USA Table Tennis team traveled to China, a historic trip that helped lay the groundwork for establishing official diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Explore the newest additions to our collection that were recently donated to us by Connie Sweeris, one of the nine players who traveled to China on the historic trip, and learn more about the story of Ping Pong Diplomacy. 🏓🌐⬇

In April 1971, nine players from the U.S. Table Tennis team took a historic trip to China, becoming the first delegation of Americans to visit the country in

One of the questions we often get is “What do diplomats do?” The short answer is...A LOT. Explore our online exhibit “Di...
08/05/2021
Diplomacy Is Our Mission - National Museum of American Diplomacy

One of the questions we often get is “What do diplomats do?” The short answer is...A LOT. Explore our online exhibit “Diplomacy is Our Mission” to learn more about the wide ranging work of U.S. diplomats in countries around the world 🌐
https://diplomacy.state.gov/exhibits/diplomacy-is-our-mission/

Through our preview exhibit, discover how our nation’s diplomats protect the American people and advance security, prosperity, democracy, and development.

"We weren't just stuffy people in suits, and that was really shocking to people—in a good way."Reflecting on her experie...
08/05/2021
The Last Three Feet - National Museum of American Diplomacy

"We weren't just stuffy people in suits, and that was really shocking to people—in a good way."

Reflecting on her experience working in Taiwan and the Philippines, Special Coordinator Liz Liu set out to reshape public perception of diplomats and connection with people in a meaningful, lasting way through unique outreach efforts and programs.

Read her story in her own words as part of the online, interactive My Diplomacy Story exhibit. If you have a story like hers, consider sharing your story to help others understand and find their connection to diplomatic history.

There’s this quote from Edward R. Murrow that says the most crucial part of diplomacy happens in the last three feet—one person talking to another. It’s true.

Cataloging the Collection of the National Museum of American Diplomacy - United States Department of State
07/29/2021
Cataloging the Collection of the National Museum of American Diplomacy - United States Department of State

Cataloging the Collection of the National Museum of American Diplomacy - United States Department of State

Despite the limitations that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve still managed to feel as though I’ve traveled to destinations across the world — Liberia, Japan, Russia, and Vietnam to name a few — through objects that I’ve been able to catalog from the comfort of my home in South Florid...

Growing up in a bilingual household, Political Officer Greg Pardo has always acted as a bridge between two worlds. As pa...
07/29/2021
Becoming a Bridge - National Museum of American Diplomacy

Growing up in a bilingual household, Political Officer Greg Pardo has always acted as a bridge between two worlds. As part of the interactive My Diplomacy Story, he shares how his childhood was a formative experience that helped him find his calling.

“I believe that’s part of why I decided to join the State Department, to use my ability to connect with folks from all walks of life. Because that's what you do in diplomacy.”

Read his story in his own words below, and consider sharing your own diplomacy story to help others get to know the people behind the work.

My father is a third-generation Mexican American, and my mother is from Monterrey, Mexico, so I grew up in a bilingual household. I would speak English to my

07/28/2021
Diplomacy After Hours: The Power of Olympians, Paralympians, and Sports Diplomacy

What role do the Olympics play in American diplomacy?
As the 2021 Summer Olympic Games kick off this month, please join NMAD – in partnership with Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State - for a virtual program on July 28, 2021 at 5 pm EDT to discuss the diplomatic impact of our nation’s athletes and the power of sports diplomacy.

This discussion features our Public Historian Dr. Alison Mann, Paralympian and U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy and ECA exchange sports alumnus John Register, Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Dr. Damion Thomas, and Program Specialist from Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State, Dr. Ashleigh Huffman.

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