The United States Diplomacy Center
The Nation's First Museum for American Diplomacy

Discover the Untold Stories of U.S. Diplomacy

Through programs exhibits and artifacts we educate and inspire our visitors about the history practice and challenges of diplomacy and honor our Nation’s diplomats.

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Upcoming Events

Hear stories from topic experts, historians and diplomats on the ground.

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Our Collection

Nowhere else does a museum collection exist that is solely dedicated to our nation’s diplomatic history.

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Simulations

Immerse students in the world of American diplomacy

This month's video spotlight

A chat with the first female Diplomatic Security Special Agent

Patricia “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.

Recent Programs

The United States Diplomacy Center offers first-hand stories of American diplomacy. See our most recent programs with featuring diplomats, foreign policy experts, historians and other people from the ground in our Pavilion’s lower level.

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Mapping for Diplomacy
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The United States Diplomacy Center has partnered with MapGive to host a mapathon on April 5 2019, from 1-4pm in the Diplomacy Center pavilion.  The purpose of the mapathon is to create necessary digital map data for humanitarian and development causes, including combating HIV/AIDS, humanitarian assistance, and public diplomacy. Mapathons are unique events that facilitate…

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Ambassador Horace Dawson speaks to attendee, a retired Foreign Service Officer.
African American Trailblazers in Diplomacy
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On February 28, the United States Diplomacy Center, hosted a panel discussion about five trailblazing African American diplomats: Ebenezer Bassett, Ralph Bunche, Edward Dudley, Patricia Roberts Harris, and Mabel Murphy Smythe.  Hosted in conjunction with the Thursday Luncheon Group, the Carl T. Rowen Chapter of Blacks in Government, Appalachian State University, and Mr. James T.…

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Students Inspired to Become Diplomats
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Over the past year, the Diplomacy Center has expanded its Diplomacy Simulation Program to the middle school level, piloting programs in the Washington, D.C. area. Students in grades six through eight have proved more than up to the challenge of learning about diplomacy! Middle schoolers in history and global studies classes from Stuart-Hobson Middle School,…

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Stories from the Collection

Artifacts are powerful storytelling tools which will shed light on the work and history of our nation’s diplomats that may otherwise go unnoticed by the general public. At over 8,000 items, the collection reflects a wide range of people, places, and issues that make up our nation’s rich diplomatic history. Here is a spotlight on a few of the stories the items in our collection tell.

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Director’s Note: A Conversation with “Pistol Packin’ Patti”
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Patti Morton (right) is presented with a Meritorious Step Increase award by Chief of Mission Hank Cohen in Kinshasa, 1968. Morton received this award for the excellent quality of her work as post security officer, which she took on in addition to her regular duties as secretary to the Administrative Counselor. “When I think of…

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Document of Martin Van Buren's Secretary of State Commission
Signed by President Jackson, and Hamilton’s son
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Martin Van Buren served as the 10th U.S. Secretary of State and the 8th President of the United States. He entered politics in 1813 and served as a New York state senator, a U.S. Senator, and later as New York governor. He resigned to join President Andrew Jackson’s cabinet as U.S. Secretary of State, serving…

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A Symbol and an Inspiration
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This flag graced the office of Colonel Ron Roughead, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Kenya, at U.S. Embassy Nairobi. On August 7, 1998, in coordinated attacks by al Qaeda terrorists, U.S. Embassies Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, were devastated by car bombs. Embassy Nairobi and the surrounding neighborhood suffered extensive damage and…

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