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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They're back! Cocktails on the Patio starts next Thursday, June 24th 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Join us for refreshing drinks and g...
06/17/2021

They're back! Cocktails on the Patio starts next Thursday, June 24th 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Join us for refreshing drinks and great company at the DACOR Bacon House. Cocktails on the Patio is held most Thursdays through mid-September. We welcome all foreign affairs professionals to join us for our summer happy hours, whether they are a member or not.

They're back! Cocktails on the Patio starts next Thursday, June 24th 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Join us for refreshing drinks and great company at the DACOR Bacon House. Cocktails on the Patio is held most Thursdays through mid-September. We welcome all foreign affairs professionals to join us for our summer happy hours, whether they are a member or not.

#tbt #DBHistory Fun fact: DACOR publishes a monthly periodical for its membership called The DACOR Bulletin. The first e...
06/03/2021

#tbt #DBHistory Fun fact: DACOR publishes a monthly periodical for its membership called The DACOR Bulletin. The first edition was published in June, 1951, 70 years ago. It was simply titled Bulletin No. 1 and was two typed pages of text. Originally referring to themselves as retired Foreign Service officers, the organization was comprised of retirees gathering together starting in 1950 to improve benefits for themselves and fellow retirees. The name Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired, DACOR for short, was chosen in June 1952. The Bulletin was published monthly until 2017 when we switched to 11 editions a year, with a combined July/August edition. The make up of our membership and the elements of The DACOR Bulletin have certainly changed over time. However, the core spirit of the Bulletin remains as described in the June, 1950 edition opening sentences:

#tbt #DBHistory Fun fact: DACOR publishes a monthly periodical for its membership called The DACOR Bulletin. The first edition was published in June, 1951, 70 years ago. It was simply titled Bulletin No. 1 and was two typed pages of text. Originally referring to themselves as retired Foreign Service officers, the organization was comprised of retirees gathering together starting in 1950 to improve benefits for themselves and fellow retirees. The name Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired, DACOR for short, was chosen in June 1952. The Bulletin was published monthly until 2017 when we switched to 11 editions a year, with a combined July/August edition. The make up of our membership and the elements of The DACOR Bulletin have certainly changed over time. However, the core spirit of the Bulletin remains as described in the June, 1950 edition opening sentences:

Congratulations! Today, on DACOR President Paul Denig's last day in the position, he awarded three long-time, dedicated ...
05/27/2021

Congratulations! Today, on DACOR President Paul Denig's last day in the position, he awarded three long-time, dedicated members of DACOR The President's Cup. The Cup is given at the discretion of the DACOR president in recognition of a member who has made exceptional contributions to the organization and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation. We also give a huge thank you to President Denig for all his hard work for DACOR during his term as President, including navigating our organization through the pandemic.

Here are the citations for the three Cup recipients:

To Raymond C. Ewing, in recognition of his distinguished 36-year Foreign Service career, and for 27 years of exceptionally valuable service to DACOR and its members as Chair of the Audit and Nominating Committees, as a member of the Executive Committee and the Board, and especially for his leadership as Vice President and President, and for continuing to provide wisdom, practical advice, and support to DACOR’s leadership after his terms of office.

To Thomas F. Johnson, in recognition of his distinguished 27-year Foreign Service career, and for 27 years of exceptionally valuable service to DACOR and its members while on the Executive Committee and the Board and on several committees, and especially for his leadership and effective example during his record-breaking tenure as Chairman of the Membership Committee.

To Lange Schermerhorn, in recognition of her distinguished 34-year Foreign Service career, and for 22 years of exceptionally valuable service to DACOR and its members while on the Executive Committee and the Board, and especially for her record-breaking tenure as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Budget Committee, most notably for her leadership in the successful Kitchen Renovation Project and in the creation of the Development and Strategic Planning Committee, the House Preservation Fund, and the Friends of DACOR’s Historic Bacon House, and for continuing to serve and provide insights and advice as Chair of the Nominating Committee and member of the Executive Committee after her term of office.

FYI, Lange was not able to be present at today's Board meeting when the cups were bestowed but here you can see Ray and Tom receiving their awards.

In response to the Washington Post article "The mystery attacks on Americans must be solved" published on May 13, 2021, ...
05/25/2021
Opinion | Investigate the mysterious attacks on our diplomats

In response to the Washington Post article "The mystery attacks on Americans must be solved" published on May 13, 2021, DACOR President Paul Denig wrote to the editor that the article rightly calls for a focused, data-driven, science-based investigation into the sources and methods of these attacks. Read President Denig's full letter here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/letters-to-the-editor/investigate-the-mysterious-attacks-on-our-diplomats/2021/05/22/4b388cf8-b8bf-11eb-bc4a-62849cf6cca9_story.html

Marine One takes off from the Ellipse at the White House in Washington on May 19. A National Security Council official was reportedly attacked near the Ellipse last November. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)May 23, 2021 at 9:01 p.m. UTCThe May 14 editorial addressing the “mystery attack...

#tbt Cocktails on the Patio at DACOR pre-pandemic. With the recent announcement of further restrictions being lifted in ...
05/20/2021

#tbt Cocktails on the Patio at DACOR pre-pandemic. With the recent announcement of further restrictions being lifted in June for Washington, DC, we expect to be able to hold this beloved summer tradition at the DACOR Bacon House again shortly. Stay tuned for more info!

Today we're highlighting a sculpture owned by the last private owner of our House, Virginia Murray Bacon. While likely a...
05/13/2021

Today we're highlighting a sculpture owned by the last private owner of our House, Virginia Murray Bacon. While likely acquired by Mrs. Bacon during her travels in Asia, we don't know the exact provenance for certain. However, Curator Emeritus Bill Calderhead saw an identical elephant on 'Antiques Roadshow,' and it was identified as Japanese and had Japanese characters identifying the sculptor on one of the elephant’s front feet. Our elephant also has characters on one of its front feet. The Roadshow appraiser felt the elephant had considerable value, so we are proud to have a similar one as part of our collection. #DBHistory #DCHouseMuseums

Today we're highlighting a sculpture owned by the last private owner of our House, Virginia Murray Bacon. While likely acquired by Mrs. Bacon during her travels in Asia, we don't know the exact provenance for certain. However, Curator Emeritus Bill Calderhead saw an identical elephant on 'Antiques Roadshow,' and it was identified as Japanese and had Japanese characters identifying the sculptor on one of the elephant’s front feet. Our elephant also has characters on one of its front feet. The Roadshow appraiser felt the elephant had considerable value, so we are proud to have a similar one as part of our collection. #DBHistory #DCHouseMuseums

If it was a normal year, we'd be having our annual Spring Reception tonight in our lovely patio garden. Alas, this is th...
05/06/2021

If it was a normal year, we'd be having our annual Spring Reception tonight in our lovely patio garden. Alas, this is the second year in a row we will not be holding our reception. But, there is hope in sight! We are currently working on scheduling events in the DACOR Bacon House starting this summer. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, here are some photos from the 2019 Spring Reception which included great food and music and, most of all, excellent company. #TBT

The answer to last week's #DBHTrivia is George Washington. Here is the full facsimile of a letter dated December 1, 1789...
04/29/2021

The answer to last week's #DBHTrivia is George Washington. Here is the full facsimile of a letter dated December 1, 1789 from George Washington to Emperor Mohammed III of Morocco. Written in his own handwriting, Washington tells the Emperor that he is now President and includes a copy of the Constitution. Washington also mentions the "Treaty of Peace and Friendship" which was signed in 1787. This Treaty is still in force, making it the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U.S. history. The relationship between the U.S. and Morocco is particularly important to our country's history since Morocco was the first country whose head of state recognized the U.S. as an independent nation. #DCHouseMuseums #TBT

The answer to last week's #DBHTrivia is George Washington. Here is the full facsimile of a letter dated December 1, 1789 from George Washington to Emperor Mohammed III of Morocco. Written in his own handwriting, Washington tells the Emperor that he is now President and includes a copy of the Constitution. Washington also mentions the "Treaty of Peace and Friendship" which was signed in 1787. This Treaty is still in force, making it the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U.S. history. The relationship between the U.S. and Morocco is particularly important to our country's history since Morocco was the first country whose head of state recognized the U.S. as an independent nation. #DCHouseMuseums #TBT

This week we return to #DBHTrivia. Can you identify the author of this letter? Below is a closeup of the start of the le...
04/22/2021

This week we return to #DBHTrivia. Can you identify the author of this letter? Below is a closeup of the start of the letter. Hint: It is addressed to the sixth ruler of the Moroccan Alaouite Dynasty and signifies a key moment in American history. #DCHouseMuseums #DBHistory

This week we return to #DBHTrivia. Can you identify the author of this letter? Below is a closeup of the start of the letter. Hint: It is addressed to the sixth ruler of the Moroccan Alaouite Dynasty and signifies a key moment in American history. #DCHouseMuseums #DBHistory

Happy Spring! Here in Washington, DC we have welcomed the beautiful time of year when everything comes to life. We hope ...
04/08/2021

Happy Spring! Here in Washington, DC we have welcomed the beautiful time of year when everything comes to life. We hope that we'll be able to welcome you back to the House sooner rather than later. In the meantime, here's a picture showcasing one of our blooming magnolia trees - the first sign that spring has sprung at DACOR Bacon House.

Happy Spring! Here in Washington, DC we have welcomed the beautiful time of year when everything comes to life. We hope that we'll be able to welcome you back to the House sooner rather than later. In the meantime, here's a picture showcasing one of our blooming magnolia trees - the first sign that spring has sprung at DACOR Bacon House.

DACOR’s program "Covering the UN and Diplomacy Worldwide” featured Dulcie Leimbach, founder of PassBlue, in an interview...
04/05/2021

DACOR’s program "Covering the UN and Diplomacy Worldwide” featured Dulcie Leimbach, founder of PassBlue, in an interview with Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” O. Colton. PassBlue is an independent, women-led journalism site that closely covers the U.S.-UN relationship, women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping, and other urgent global matters playing out in the world body. They report from their base in the UN press corps and are read in the U.S. and overseas: London, Geneva, Paris, Berlin, Delhi, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Manila and Australia/New Zealand. Ms. Leimbach has reported from New York and overseas from West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal) as well as from Europe (Scotland, Sicily, Vienna, Budapest, Kyiv, Armenia and The Hague) for PassBlue and other publications. She has provided commentary on the UN for BBC World Radio, NHK's English channel and Background Briefing with Ian Masters/KPFK Radio in Los Angeles. Dr. Liz Colton’s career bridges diplomacy, journalism, and education around the world. Currently, she works as a UNITAR Professor of Diplomacy in UNITAR's&Collaborative International Universities' global online courses and also as Diplomat & Journalist in Residence at Warren Wilson College.

DACOR’s program "Covering the UN and Diplomacy Worldwide” featured Dulcie Leimbach, founder of PassBlue, in an interview with Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” O. Colton. PassBlue is an independent, women-led journalism site that closely covers the U.S.-UN relationship, women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping, and other urgent global matters playing out in the world body. They report from their base in the UN press corps and are read in the U.S. and overseas: London, Geneva, Paris, Berlin, Delhi, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Manila and Australia/New Zealand. Ms. Leimbach has reported from New York and overseas from West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal) as well as from Europe (Scotland, Sicily, Vienna, Budapest, Kyiv, Armenia and The Hague) for PassBlue and other publications. She has provided commentary on the UN for BBC World Radio, NHK's English channel and Background Briefing with Ian Masters/KPFK Radio in Los Angeles. Dr. Liz Colton’s career bridges diplomacy, journalism, and education around the world. Currently, she works as a UNITAR Professor of Diplomacy in UNITAR's&Collaborative International Universities' global online courses and also as Diplomat & Journalist in Residence at Warren Wilson College.

04/01/2021

The many changes that were brought about by these women to the House aided the DACOR Bacon House to exude a sense of our nation’s early history. National Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. Sarah Thomas (neé Ringgold), Sally Sprigg Carroll, Mary Ellen Fuller, Alice Copley Thaw and Virginia Murray Bacon all contributed to this House’s rich history and style. Their individual contributions have not only produced a sense of elegance, authenticity and architectural integrity that can be felt throughout the look and the feel of the house even today but also created a center for dialogue and understanding by holding salons and other gatherings throughout the House’s existence. #DBHistory #DCHouseMuseums #WomensHistoryMonth

Before Allice Copley Thaw’s remodeling of the house, Mary Ellen Fuller, known to her friends as Mollie, became owner of ...
04/01/2021

Before Allice Copley Thaw’s remodeling of the house, Mary Ellen Fuller, known to her friends as Mollie, became owner of the house in April 13, 1896. She was the wife of Melville Weston Fuller, the sitting Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. They resided together in the home for the next fourteen years, from 1896 to 1910. They also did some of their own remodeling. When the Fullers acquired the house at 1801 F Street, they engaged the noted architects Hornblower and Marshall to enlarge and modernize it and add a four-story wing, which is still an integral part of the present-day house. The Fullers had purchased their house from the Carrolls, following Sally Sprigg Carroll’s death.

This brings us to another women who played a vital role in making the house what it is today. In 1835, Governor Samuel Sprigg bought the house for his daughter, Sally Sprigg Carroll, who resided in the home with her husband William Thomas Carroll for the next sixty years. The Carrolls were close friends to President and Mrs. Lincoln and played a prominent role in Washington power circles for nearly 50 years. Of the family’s sixty years in the house, Sally Sprigg Carroll spent the last thirty-two there as a widow. In the mid-1860s, shortly after William Carroll’s death, a major renovation was begun that shaped the house’s present appearance. The city had an initiative to level many streets in preparation for installing water and sewer systems. Therefore, on both the south and east sides the streets were lowered about seven feet. With the house foundation threatened and exterior plantings exposed, Sally Carroll felt the necessity to build the red brick, redstone-capped retaining wall that still to this day encloses the property on the sides facing 18th and F Streets. She also improved the family’s general living conditions by having the city’s newly laid water, gas, and sewer lines connected to the house.

Below we can see the four-story wing added by the Fullers and the wall added by Mrs. Carroll. #DBHistory #DCHouseMuseums #WomensHistoryMonth

As mentioned in last week's post on Thursday, the DACOR Bacon House's exterior has been changed over time from the origi...
03/25/2021

As mentioned in last week's post on Thursday, the DACOR Bacon House's exterior has been changed over time from the original designs. The House was owned by Alice Copley Thaw from 1911-1923. While Copley Thaw did not spend a lot of time living at the House, she did entertain here a lot and she rented the building to others as a residence. In addition, she renovated parts of the interior and exterior. Some of the indoor renovations included the addition of a faux-marble Georgian cornice in the dining room, the black marble surrounds and mantels on the three fireplaces in the drawing and dining rooms, and installation of the House’s first electric lighting system. On the exterior, Copley Thaw added the elaborate Georgian-style metal cornice on the roof and the matching cornice on the front portico as well as enlarging and modernizing the adjoining carriage house. Here we see a couple of the House’s distinctive design elements, courtesy of Alice Copley Thaw – the black marble fireplace and her magnificent George III Chippendale period giltwood mirror by Thomas Johnson, ca. 1760, in the dining room and the façade with its cornice along the roof and portico. Without Copley Thaw's contributions to the House, it would not have it's distinctive and impressive design elements we all love. #DBHistory #DCHouseMuseums #WomenHistoryMonth

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