In a special Diplomacy Classroom, NMAD welcomed Martin Perschler and Erin Leckey of the Cultural Heritage Center at the U.S. Department of State to discuss the work of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and how it shares American values with the world.
The AFCP supports projects to preserve a wide range of cultural heritage in foreign countries, including historic buildings, archaeological sites, ethnographic objects, paintings, manuscripts, indigenous languages, and other forms of traditional cultural expression. Martin and Erin explained that the AFCP’s mission to share and preserve cultural heritage plays an important role in American diplomacy and highlighted the Center’s work in Botswana, Romania, and Mexico.
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What is the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Heritage? 5:02
The ancient royal tombs in Lapaha are central to Tonga’s cultural heritage. The most ancient of these tombs were built around 1200 AD. They are considered the most important historical and archaeological monument in the South Pacific. This painted depiction of the tombs was a gift to a Foreign Service Officer who…
To commemorate Black History Month, NMAD’s Historian Dr. Alison Mann will offer a talk on the notable Black abolitionist, Henry Highland Garnet, and his controversial, brief diplomatic appointment in Liberia.