The United States Diplomacy Center is the country’s first museum and education center dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy. It will focus on diplomacy’s role in promoting our national security, prosperity, and global leadership. Visitors can explore what diplomacy is, who does it, and how it has impacted American lives throughout history.
The Diplomacy Center is non-partisan. It is made possible through public-private partnerships, including one with the Diplomacy Center Foundation. The non-profit Foundation is leading a capital campaign to secure funds to expand and complete the museum.
Mary Kane, Director
Mary D. Kane became the Director of the United States Diplomacy Center in April 2018. She brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to the project, having served as President and CEO of Sister Cities International.
Hilary Brandt, Deputy Director
Hilary Brandt is the Deputy Director for Management at the United States Diplomacy Center. She oversees the Center’s budget, contracting, strategic planning, technology, and communications.
Jane Carpenter-Rock, Deputy Director
Jane Carpenter-Rock joined the U.S. Diplomacy Center in July 2018 as Deputy Director for Museum Content. She was previously Deputy Director in the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs.
Letters of Endorsement
The United States Diplomacy Center continues to receive support from the highest levels of leadership at the U.S. Department of State.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State John Kerry
Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton
Secretaries of State Henry A. Kissinger, Alexander M. Haig, George P. Shultz, James A. Baker III, Lawrence Eagleburger, Warren Christopher, Madeleine K. Albright, & Colin L. Powell
United States Diplomacy Center Videos
Explore videos from our events, stories from artifact donors, education programs, and exclusive interviews with State Department experts.
The Great Seal of the United States: America's EmblemThe Great Seal of the United States is one of America's most recognizable symbols, its impressed upon official government documents such as treaties and commissions, and is found on documents such as U.S. passports and the reverse of the $1 bill.
We spoke with Laura Johnson, Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Appointments to learn a little more about The Great Seal of the United States.
The Signature Segment of the Berlin Wall at the U.S. Diplomacy Center
Patti Morton: America's first female Diplomatic Security Special AgentPatricia “Patti” Morton became the first female Diplomatic Security (DS) Special Agent in 1972. She has donated items from her time of service to the United States Diplomacy Center and speaks about her experience to our Director Mary Kane.
She weathered the difficult transition from an all-male service to one that included women. At the time, Diplomatic Security did not issue gear for women to carry their weapons. Ms. Morton found her own solution by using a clutch, as seen in the video.
In 1974 Patti was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Saigon as a Regional Security Officer (RSO). As she demonstrates in the video, one of her roles included teaching defensive driving techniques. She carried those same miniature cars around with her to use as a visual aid while teaching.
The clutch, cars, and official ID badge -- along with other items, including a camouflage hair scrunchie -- are now part of the Diplomacy Center’s permanent collections.
U.S. Ambassador John Limbert donates artifacts to the United States Diplomacy CenterAmbassador John W. Limbert is a former diplomat and American hostage during the takeover of the U.S. embassy Iran in 1979. Ambassador Limbert and other Americans at the embassy were held captive for 14 months, and among the hardships, also contended with not having a change of clothes. The items he wore during the 444 days are now part of the our collection, and include a pair of sandals given to him by his captors.
Trailblazers: The Legacy of African American DiplomatsThese are highlights from panelists who participated in the United States Diplomacy Center February 2019 panel on the history African American Trailblazers in Diplomacy. The panel centered on diplomats Ebenezer Bassett, Ralph Bunche, Edward Dudley, Patricia Roberts Harris, and Mabel Murphy Smythe.
One Giant Leap: Space Diplomacy, Past, Present, and Future.The United States Diplomacy Center, in partnership with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, and the Embassy of Australia, hosted a space diplomacy program in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The event featured Major General Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, two members of the three-man Apollo 11 mission crew, as well as other senior leaders in the fields of space exploration, research, and diplomacy. It highlighted how the Apollo 11 mission was one of the defining moments of not only the 1960s, but of the 20th century, and how it strengthened American diplomacy. Panelists included U.S. State Department Science Envoy for Space and former NASA Administrator and Astronaut Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, Jr., Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Director and former NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan, George Washington University Professor and Space Policy Institute Director Dr. John Logsdon, and Air and Space Museum Curator Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony.
Video courtesy of The George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs.