U.S. Diplomacy Stories

Ralph Bunche United Nations
A Hero of U.S. Diplomacy: Dr. Ralph J. Bunche (1904-1971)
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Dr. Ralph J. Bunche was a pioneering African American diplomat who shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the twentieth century.  Dr. Ralph Bunche as a civil rights activist Born in the era of segregation and Jim Crow, Dr. Bunche spent his life engaged as a civil rights activist in the United States while…

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From Holocaust Survivor to Ambassador: The Story of Robert G. Neumann
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January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other lives lost. Today we pause to honor Ambassador Robert G. Neumann, sharing his story from a personal object of his in our collection.

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“Tie a Yellow Ribbon:” The Origin of the National Response to the Iran Hostage Crisis
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In November 1979, 52 Americans in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage by Iranian students. Everyone, from the most junior staff members to the person in charge of the embassy, were taken and held in captivity for 444 days. Closely following the crisis for over a year, the public wanted to show their…

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John Limbert: Bringing Meaning to a “Bunch of Old Clothes”
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Think of an historic event you personally witnessed or experienced first hand. Do you remember what you wore? NMAD  has several articles of clothing in its collection belonging to diplomats who served on the front lines. The museum intends to interpret several of these items in its permanent exhibit, “The Challenging and Dangerous Work of…

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Passport Travels: Meyer Franklin Kline, globetrotting guidebook editor
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Have a case of wanderlust? As you take a look at this passport from the museum’s collection, join Meyer Franklin Kline and his wife Mildred Kline as they travelled the world in 1915 and 1916. The Klines, originally from California, planned to travel to Russia, China, Japan, India, the Straits Settlements, and Great Britain, “representing…

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glifaa founders attend the 1992 Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. Left to right- Jan Krc, Bryan Dalton, David Larson, and David Buss.
glifaa: LGBT+ Pride in Foreign Affairs AGencies
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glifaa–then known as Gays and Lebians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (then GLIFAA) was born in the living room of David Buss and David Larson on March 8, 1992 over brunch. The need for creating an employee organization was firmly established at this first meeting. Although there has been great progress in terms of achieving equality…

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U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell, center, is helped by unidentified men, as she is evacuated from the area of the U.S. Embassy following an explosion in downtown Nairobi, Friday, Aug. 7, 1998. Terrorist bombs exploded minutes apart outside the U.S. embassies in both Kenya and Tanzania Friday, killing more than 67 people, injuring 1,100 and turning buildings into mountains of shattered concrete. At least eight Americans were among the dead in Kenya and seven more were missing, U.S. Embassy spokesman Chris Scharf said. Bushnell, was cut on the lip and helped from Cooperative Bank House, near the embassy, where she had just given a news conference, embassy spokesman Bill Barr said.
Ambassador Bushnell: A Profile in Resilience
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Woman’s suit worn by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Prudence Bushnell, 1998. Gift of U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell I was determined that we were going to get through this as a community even if as individuals we staggered and stumbled now and then.” —U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell On August 7, 1998, at 10:30 AM, U.S. embassies…

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The Legacy of Edward R. Dudley: Civil Rights Activist and the First African American Ambassador
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In 1949, Ambassador Edward R. Dudley was the first African American to hold the rank of ambassador. His legacy also includes a long history of civil rights activism and a distinguished career as an attorney. Edward R. Dudley’s career before diplomacy Before becoming an ambassador, Dudley had a distinguished career as an attorney. Ambassador Dudley…

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Spurred by a desire to see the world, Myriam Johnston joined the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) in 1955.
Passport Travels: Myriam Johnston, U.S. Information Agency Officer
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Passport Travels: Myriam Johnston, U.S. Information Agency Officer Spurred by a desire to see the world, Myriam Johnston joined the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) in 1955. President Eisenhower had established USIA in 1953 in a concentrated effort to engage directly with foreign publics to advance understanding of American policies and culture. USIA played a key…

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Ping Pong Diplomacy Nixon
Ping Pong Diplomacy
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Richard Solomon, a China scholar and diplomat, during a period of “Ping-Pong diplomacy.” Here he is pictured with Zhuang Zedong in 1972. (Solomon Family Photo) Inscribed Ping Pong PaddleGift of Zhuang Zedong to Dr. Henry Kissinger | 2007. Collection of the National Museum of American Diplomacy I was as surprised as I was pleased. I…

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