Exhibits Sneak Preview

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A Century of Service – US Diplomatic Courier Services turns 100

The United States Diplomacy Center is honored to celebrate the centennial anniversary of The Diplomatic Courier Service with a new exhibit, “100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers—None Swifter than These,”. On display from Oct 31st 2018 thru February 3rd 2019.

The exhibits will feature items used throughout the history of the DCS and how that mission has evolved over the years to keep ahead of evolving threats of espionage, terror, and even bad weather. Visitors will also see bugging devices, such as the one found in the Great Seal of the United States at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow which resulted in a shift in the diplomatic courier mission—from carrying confidential messages, to also transporting construction and other materials for secure areas in U.S. embassies. See the actual Great Seal and other recovered bugging devices on display.

This year, the United States Diplomacy Center hosted a range of guest exhibits including Faces of Diplomacy featuring the Diplomacy Center’s original portraits and videos of diplomatic professionals, a photo exhibit on Afghanistan Cultural Preservation and Jazz Diplomacy, an exhibit from Meridian which drew from collections around the United States showcasing jazz’s ability to bridge cultural and political differences.

See below for the complete list of our exhibits and programs.

Two visitors observe an exhibit on Nuclear Arms

Exhibit Testing

The United States Diplomacy Center tested content and visitor knowledge on American diplomacy with almost 500 visitors on its second annual testing with the National Museum of American History. Museum visitors viewed four historical and current stories of American diplomacy and were invited to participate in a word association exercise.

Read about the results.
Exhibit Testing
Exhibit Testing 150 150

On July 31, 2018, the United States Diplomacy Center made its second visit to the National Museum of American History’s Spark!Lab to test content for its future exhibits. Museum visitors viewed four historical and current stories of American diplomacy and were invited to participate in a word association exercise. Over 500 visitors walked through exhibit…

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Faces of Diplomacy Preview Exhibit
Faces of Diplomacy Preview Exhibit 150 150

From July 23rd through August 31st, the United States Diplomacy Center hosted a preview of the exhibit Faces of Diplomacy in the Pavilion at the 21st Street entrance of HST. Faces of Diplomacy features portraits and videos of diplomatic professionals working abroad and in Washington D.C. From Public Affairs Officers to Information Management Specialists, to…

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Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience
Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience 150 150

Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience Twenty years ago on a summer morning, two U.S. embassies in Africa fell victim to coordinated and nearly simultaneous truck bombs – later linked to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. Fifty-six U.S. government employees, contractors, and family members were killed. From the ashes, countless survivors pulled together and rebuilt strengthened and resilient communities.…

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Understanding Diplomacy through Data
Understanding Diplomacy through Data 150 150

In May, over one hundred students competed in the student-led hackathon, MakeSPP, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Samay Shamdasani, along with his co-organizers, Shashwat Punjani, Nathan Blumenfeld, Jonas Eaton, Thomas Narramore, Dan Ambrosio, Owen Kealey, and Tyler Greene organized the hackathon. Hackathons are collaborative, competitive events where computer programmers are provided raw data or project prompts from a…

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Citizen Diplomacy Challenge Photo Contest
Citizen Diplomacy Challenge Photo Contest 150 150

The United States Diplomacy Center is pleased to host an exhibit featuring the finalists of the 2017-2018 Citizen Diplomacy Challenge Photo Contest run by the Office of Alumni Affairs in the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Twenty top photos, submitted by Americans who took part in international exchange programs sponsored by the Department, will be…

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Berlin Wall, Simulation, Diplomacy Center
Exhibit Spotlight

The Great Seal

Only one authorized Great Seal is in official use and is operated by the U.S. Department of State at the United States Diplomacy Center. The Great Seal is impressed upon 3,000 seals to official documents yearly.

Exhibit Spotlight

The Signature Segment

Once the Berlin Wall was the iconic symbol of the Cold War. Now, with its signatures of world leaders who played a significant role in bringing down the wall and advancing German reunification, this segment now stands as a symbol of diplomacy and strong transatlantic relations.

Seal, Diplomacy Center, Collection