DACOR and DACOR Bacon House Foundation

DACOR and DACOR Bacon House Foundation A community of foreign affairs professionals. Website: http://www.dacorbacon.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dacortweets DACOR is a private organization for foreign affairs professionals that fosters frank dialog about current foreign policy matters; its philanthropic arm is the DACOR Bacon House Foundation which awards fellowships and maintains the historic site.
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DACOR welcomes into membership professionals in the field of foreign affairs. Virtual tour: http://vimeo.com/97895380

DACOR welcomes into membership professionals in the field of foreign affairs. Virtual tour: http://vimeo.com/97895380

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As guessed by our savvy followers, the answer to last week's #DBHTrivia is Horatio Nelson, a British flag officer in the...
01/15/2021

As guessed by our savvy followers, the answer to last week's #DBHTrivia is Horatio Nelson, a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. His inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics brought about a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. Found in the DACOR Bacon House Battle-Torbert Library, his biography by Roger Knight, The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson, can be found in front of the portrait. In addition, a beautiful Napoleonic war era art piece can also be found nearby. But more on that later! #TriviaAnswer #DCHouseMuseums

01/08/2021

Statement from DACOR on the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021:

As a non-partisan organization of foreign affairs professionals, DACOR has many members who have sworn to support and defend the U.S. Constitution and served under presidents of both parties in diplomatic posts around the world. We have promoted democracy and the rule of law in many countries and cited the United States as the exemplar of political development. Our members have also been posted in dictatorships and autocracies, and lived through terror attacks, violent coups and the imposition of martial law. We were thus especially shocked and dismayed to see the violent attack on our democratic processes which occurred on January 6 at the Capitol Building. Many of us had the same reaction: We’ve seen this before in other countries but never thought we would see it here in the United States. It is now vital that we complete a peaceful and orderly transition to the new administration. This is essential not only for our own domestic political stability but also for our ability to successfully conduct diplomacy around the world and allow our diplomats to effectively present our democracy as a model to other nations. Our nation has suffered a severe blow to its reputation around the globe. We are committed to working with the new administration and the new Congress to begin the process of restoring our international standing.

Happy New Year!!! For the first #DBHTrivia question of the year, we are highlighting a portrait located in the Battle-To...
01/07/2021

Happy New Year!!! For the first #DBHTrivia question of the year, we are highlighting a portrait located in the Battle-Torbert Library at DACOR Bacon House. Do you know whose portrait this is? Hint: He was a famous British naval commander. #DCHouseMuseums

May your holidays be warm, peaceful, and safe!DACOR is lucky to have such dedicated members and would like to thank you ...
12/24/2020

May your holidays be warm, peaceful, and safe!
DACOR is lucky to have such dedicated members and would like to thank you for your support throughout this year. Though we cannot be at the DACOR Bacon House together during the Holidays, we are together in spirit.
Happy Holidays to all!

DACOR members joined us in our last program event of the year to discuss a new Harvard University report, “A U.S. Diplom...
12/23/2020

DACOR members joined us in our last program event of the year to discuss a new Harvard University report, “A U.S. Diplomatic Service for the 21st Century,” https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/us-diplomatic-service-21st-century, with authors, Ambassadors Nicholas Burns of the Harvard Kennedy School, Marc Grossman of The Cohen Group, and Marcie Ries, Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. This nonpartisan report is written as a blueprint for action by the next administration, Congress, and, especially, members of the Foreign Service. Altogether, since April 2020, the authors held 40 workshops and meetings with more than 200 experts, including serving State Department Officers; retired Foreign Service members (including DACOR members); foreign diplomats; business leaders; senior U.S. military officers; former Secretaries of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisors; as well as two former CIA Directors and retired intelligence officials. In keeping with the non-partisan nature of the project, the authors also held meetings with senior Trump administration officials, members of the Biden transition team, and members of Congress and their staffs from both parties. In addition, the authors discussed their ideas with more than 800 Americans in virtual events across the country. From these discussions, research, and based on almost 100 years of their collective service as career Foreign Service Officers, the authors developed a list of ten actions to ensure that the United States has the most robust and effective diplomatic corps in the world. They outlined these topline recommendations at this event and answered audience questions regarding the report as well as the future of the U.S. Foreign Service.

Unfortunately, DACOR has not been able to hold its annual Holiday Brunch this year due to the pandemic. We have great me...
12/18/2020

Unfortunately, DACOR has not been able to hold its annual Holiday Brunch this year due to the pandemic. We have great memories of delicious food, heartfelt caroling and wonderful camaraderie from previous years though and look forward to gathering again soon!

DACOR congratulates Secretary Shultz on his 100th Birthday!
12/14/2020

DACOR congratulates Secretary Shultz on his 100th Birthday!

On Human Rights Day, DACOR and AFSA were privileged to host a virtual program in honor of Tex Harris. The event included...
12/11/2020
Larger Than Life: F. Allen “Tex” Harris, 1938-2020

On Human Rights Day, DACOR and AFSA were privileged to host a virtual program in honor of Tex Harris. The event included a panel presentation by those who worked directly with Tex Harris on his human rights work in Argentina. F. Allen "Tex" Harris was posted to Argentina as a Foreign Service officer in 1977. Soon after, he took action and worked vigorously to expose hundreds of killings and kidnappings by Argentina's military dictatorship during the "Dirty War." Even with threats to him and his family and to the detriment to his career, Tex Harris filed 13,500 complaints about human rights violations and used the State Department's dissent channel to prompt action by the U.S. government. His refusal to back down was a key part of the downfall of the dictatorship. Ultimately, Tex Harris would be recognized for his efforts and dedication for his work in Argentina and elsewhere. A two-time President of AFSA, he also fought hard for the rights of Foreign Service officers and was “one of the most consequential individuals in the history of the association.” Tex Harris passed away on February 23, 2020. His obituary may be found at https://www.afsa.org/larger-life-f-allen-tex-harris-1938-2020.

One would not expect a 6’7” former basketball player to fit the stereotype of a mild-mannered diplomat, and “Tex” (as Franklyn Allen Harris was universally known) most assuredly did not. Although he was a firm believer in the power of persuasion, throughout his 35-year Foreign Service career...

DACOR members joined a deep discussion into Turkey on both the domestic and international front with Ambassador W. Rober...
12/09/2020

DACOR members joined a deep discussion into Turkey on both the domestic and international front with Ambassador W. Robert Pearson. Ambassador Pearson is a Fellow at Duke University’s Center for International and Global Studies Rethinking Diplomacy Program and a non-resident Scholar at The Middle East Institute in Washington. He served from 2008 to 2014 as president of IREX, spearheading its expansion to 125 countries worldwide. His last assignment on active duty was as Director General of the Foreign Service winning two national awards for the Department of State. He was the United States Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara from 2000 to 2003. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission to France and served twice at NATO – once as Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission during the Balkan crisis and NATO’s enlargement – and once as chair of NATO’s Political Committee. The discussion was titled, "What Is Turkey Up To (Domestically and Internationally)?" and covered both the history and development of Turkey as a country. The virtual event also covered the country's diplomacy, the challenges it faces and its current relationship with the U.S. Amb. Pearson also highlighted Turkey's current approach which has changed due to the pandemic and the many internal challenges its facing, such as the financial, political and economic costs of wars, a weakening economy, a lack of support from its youth, a potentially splitting political party and its aggressive political agenda.

Everyone misses gathering in DACOR Bacon House with it's beautiful decorations during the holiday season! While most are...
12/03/2020

Everyone misses gathering in DACOR Bacon House with it's beautiful decorations during the holiday season! While most are unable to visit in person right now, we wanted to be sure to bring everyone holiday cheer and reminders of good times at DACOR. For this week's #tbt, we're taking a look at some of the gorgeous holiday bouquets that usually adorn the House.

This week we take a closer look at an item that is located in the glass display in DACOR's Meeting Room. This silver-cas...
11/20/2020

This week we take a closer look at an item that is located in the glass display in DACOR's Meeting Room. This silver-cased, art deco style, Swiss "argantan" clock is the Russell Desk Clock. It was presented to Charles H. Russell, Jr. by Joseph Clark Grew on August 2, 1916 and other members of the Embassy staff in Berlin. When World War I began, Russell went to the Embassy for assistance to return to the United States. Instead, he was offered a job assisting the Embassy with crowd control of Americans and British citizens caught in the war. He eventually became a stockbroker, and his son later donated the clock to DACOR. #DBHistory #DCHouseMuseums

In honor of Veterans Day, today’s #TBT is a picture from a past USMC Embassy Guard Detachment Commanders Reception co-ho...
11/12/2020

In honor of Veterans Day, today’s #TBT is a picture from a past USMC Embassy Guard Detachment Commanders Reception co-hosted by DACOR, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the American Foreign Service Protective Association, the Council of American Ambassadors and the Foreign Area Officer Association. Diplomats and the military work closely in numerous ways to keep our country, our residents and our beliefs safe while working in the international sphere. One important role the military plays at U.S. embassies around the world is security, making sure all embassy staff can continue their vital work safely. The annual reception DACOR and its fellow co-hosts hold in honor of these USMC Embassy Guards lets us say thank you and give advice and insight into what it’s like to live and work in an embassy and overseas. We are sorry we were not able to hold the reception this year due to the pandemic, but we look forward to continuing this important tradition as soon as possible. DACOR thanks all service members who have served our country. Your dedication and sacrifice rightfully commands respect and honor.

Last Halloween, we shared some spooky stories of hauntings within the DACOR Bacon House. But the House itself is not the...
10/29/2020

Last Halloween, we shared some spooky stories of hauntings within the DACOR Bacon House. But the House itself is not the only haunted part of the property! Before the House was built in 1825, the land belonged to Tobias Lear V. Lear was the Secretary of George Washington, both before and during his presidency. Lear would later be appointed as American consul in Santo Domingo (now Dominican Republic) and then consul general in Algiers by President Thomas Jefferson. After returning to the U.S. he was asked by President James Madison to negotiate with British authorities in 1814 over a prisoner exchange. Lear infamously dismissed as highly improbable a British attack on Washington. Of course, the 5,000 invading British soldiers who would burn down the White House thought differently! In the aftermath, Lear was offered an appointment to the presidential commission charged with overseeing the reconstruction of the capital’s destroyed public buildings. He declined. Two years later in 1816, tragically, and without explanation or apparent cause, Tobias Lear V committed suicide. DACOR lore says it happened in what is now the garden of the House. Many maintain that Lear’s spirit never left the property and now haunts the garden patio of DACOR Bacon House. #HauntedHHMC #DCHouseMuseums

DACOR welcomed the Estonian Ambassador to the United States, Jonatan Vseviov, for a virtual program last week. Ambassado...
10/27/2020

DACOR welcomed the Estonian Ambassador to the United States, Jonatan Vseviov, for a virtual program last week. Ambassador Vseviov has served as Estonia´s Ambassador to the United States since August 2018. This is his third diplomatic posting in Washington, DC. Before assuming his current duties, Vseviov worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defense for 10 years, rising to the post of Permanent Secretary. Ambassador Vseviov discussed transatlantic relations, the Three Seas Initiative, and the future of the EU, as well as the current events in Belarus. The Ambassador also touched upon the U.S. and EU's relations with Russia. He offered an insightful overview of Estonia's place in the world by highlighting the country's past, its present situation and future aspirations. He also highlighted two key lessons that the people of Estonia took from 1939-1940, which was the start of modern history of Estonia. Those lessons are that being alone is not an option and that not fighting is not always the safer option. He concluded by stating that a lot remains to be done but the trajectory of Estonia is promising.

To the left of the fireplace in the Garden Room, also known as the Green Room, at DACOR Bacon House is a beige-colored d...
10/23/2020

To the left of the fireplace in the Garden Room, also known as the Green Room, at DACOR Bacon House is a beige-colored desk globe. Geographical features are outlined in black; the names of continents, oceans, countries, and cities, in French, are also in black. The globe stands 23'' tall on its black wooden base. According to two cartouches, it was made by Felix Delamarche, successor to R. de Vaugondy, Engineer and Mechanic for Globes and Spheres, at No. 13, ru de Jardinet, Paris. The border between the U.S. and Mexico predates the settlement of the 1845 war between those countries. Thus it is safe to conclude that the globe was made in the second quarter of the 19th century, soon after Tench Ringgold built the House. Anomalies reflect the provenance of the globe. Greenland and the Artic Sea are vaguely sketched and Antarctica does not appear. Much of central Africa is inconnus. What was later established as the Greenwich Meridian runs straight through Paris. This unique addition to the House's art collection was donated by Former Executive Director, Richard McKee. #DBHistory #DCHouseMuseums

The latest program DACOR co-hosted with USAID Alumni Association was "Responding to Pandemic and Humanitarian Crises". T...
10/22/2020

The latest program DACOR co-hosted with USAID Alumni Association was "Responding to Pandemic and Humanitarian Crises". This virtual event featured Center for Global Development's Jeremy Konyndyk. Konyndyk is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. His research focuses on humanitarian response, USAID policy reform, and global outbreak preparedness. He previously served in the Obama Administration from 2013-2017 as the director of USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where he led the U.S. government’s response to international disasters. The discussion highlighted lessons that are emerging from this pandemic experience as well as the challenges behind the world's current approach to handling crisis management. The main takeaway was that it is not defensible to instill so much money, influence and power into big global institutions while giving so little to local frontline actors that are always the first responders in any crises.

Musicales are back! Join us for "Trick or Treat at DACOR:Fall for the Foolish!" on Sunday, October 25, at 3 pm featuring...
10/20/2020

Musicales are back! Join us for "Trick or Treat at DACOR:
Fall for the Foolish!" on Sunday, October 25, at 3 pm featuring teasing love songs and dalliance verse delivered in a made-for-digital recital by Rachel Evangeline Barham, soprano, James Rogers, baritone, and Sarah Issaelkhoury, mezzo soprano, with keyboard artist Carter Sligh. This fall, attendees have the option of joining us for a single performance or purchasing a subscription to all three musicales during the season. Visit https://mms.dacorbacon.org/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=27808 for full event details and to register.

As posted, the other week the John Marshall House and DACOR Bacon House held a digital lunch time program that explored ...
10/15/2020

As posted, the other week the John Marshall House and DACOR Bacon House held a digital lunch time program that explored two Federal period historic homes where Chief John Marshall left a legacy. This #TBT is in honor of our fifth Secretary of State and fourth Chief Justice of the United States that boarded at the Ringgold home, now DACOR Bacon House, for several months in 1832 and 1833. This portrait of John Marshall is displayed in the Torbert-Battle Library at DACOR Bacon House. It is a handsome 28'' x 38'' oil-on-canvas portrait. In the portrait, Marshall appears in a three-quarter length, left profile pose wearing a white neck stock and a plain black robe. It is a 2008 copy of the John Marshall portrait ca. 1834 by John Blennerhassett Martin that was donated to DACOR by members John G. and Elsa Kormann. #DBHistory #DCHouseMuseums

Correct! The answer for last week's #DBHTrivia question is that the image displayed is the Grand Cross of the Order of t...
10/08/2020

Correct! The answer for last week's #DBHTrivia question is that the image displayed is the Grand Cross of the Order of the Icelandic Falcon. This Cross was bestowed upon the late Dacorian Richard P. Butrick by the Icelandic government in August 1949. It is an example of the respect and gratitude many foreign governments have for the exceptional contributions of American diplomats abroad. #TriviaAnswer #DCHouseMusuems

DACOR and Preservation Virginia were delighted to host an intriguing program titled, “Intended to Endure: Marshall and t...
10/06/2020
Intended to Endure: Marshall and the Court

DACOR and Preservation Virginia were delighted to host an intriguing program titled, “Intended to Endure: Marshall and the Supreme Court” as part of the Newberry Cultural Series. The event included virtual visits to two Federal period historic homes where Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall’s legacy can be explored. Preservation Virginia Director of Museum Operations and Education Jennifer Hurst-Wender discussed the John Marshall House, the Chief Justice’s main residence in Richmond, 1790-1835, and some of the most influential cases in the last years of the Marshall Court. DACOR Secretary and Chair of Task Force 2025, Angela Dickey discussed the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, DC, where Marshall and various members of the court boarded together while the court was in session towards the end of his tenure. Watch a recording of this excellent program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJVdlmaHmLQ&t=2s to learn about Chief Justice John Marshall and some of his most enduring influences on the Supreme Court. #DBHistory

The DACOR Bacon House in Washington D.C. and the John Marshall House in Richmond (a Preservation Virginia historic site) team up to bring you "virtual visits...

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