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    "Free At Last" Artwork

    This artwork was given to Bruce Laingen, one of the 52 American hostages held in Iran for 444 days from 1979-1981. It depicts President Jimmy Carter and the iconic symbol of the hope for the hostages’ safe release – a yellow ribbon – tied around a tree. One of a series of…

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    "State Department Murders" Novel

    "State Department Murders" novel by Edward Ronns, published in 1950. The story features fictional State Department officers and draws heavily on the environment of security fears and paranoia at the beginning of the Cold War in the late 1940s. During this time period, the “Lavender Scare” and McCarthyism resulted in the persecution…

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    “A Job Worth Training For” Pamphlet

    This circa 1950 publication distributed to U.S. Department of State employees emphasizes the importance of training in achieving the overall goals of the agency. Required training included: introduction to the Department for new employees, formal class instruction at FSI, on the job training by supervisors, intern programs, and counseling for outside educational…

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    “Advanced Japanese” Language Guide

    The Japanese Language and Area Training Center, commonly known as FSI Yokohama, teaches advanced Japanese to Foreign Service Officers preparing to serve in Japan. Following language training, graduates move on to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the five U.S. consulates in Japan. This guide was part of the curriculum…

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    “Dancing” Dragon Toy

    This playful dragon has its own stage and batteries that make it “dance” for the audience. It was received during Secretary of State John Kerry’s April 2016 visit to Japan. He met with foreign ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, known as the Group of 7 or…

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    “Dream Team” Tea Service

    This tea service features the faces of “Madeleine and Her Dream Team,” Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and six of her foreign minister counterparts: Igor Ivanov (Russia), Robin Cook (United Kingdom), Hubert Vedrine (France), Joschka Fischer (Germany), Lloyd Axworthy (Canada), and Lamberto Dini (Italy). It was presented to Secretary Albright by Ivanov…

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    “Hostage Cross” Necklace

    Kathryn Koob was a Foreign Service Officer who was serving in Tehran when the American embassy was seized by Iranian militants on Nov. 4, 1979. She became one of two women who were held hostage during the entire ordeal. Koob is a person of deep faith, which sustained her while held captive.…

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    “Life and Love in the Foreign Service” Booklet

    Published by the American Foreign Service Association, the author combines still frames from old black and white films with fabricated quotes, poking a little fun at common situations and challenges faced by members of the Foreign Service.

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    “Operation Vittles” Cookbook

    At the end of World War II in Europe, Berlin had been divided in half: a Soviet sector occupies the east; and American, British, and French sectors occupy the west. After Soviet forces blockade West Berlin roads, the United States and its allies execute “Operation Vittles,” also known as the Berlin Airlift.…

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    “President Bush’s Trip to Australia” Booklet

    Known as a “trip book,” this one is from President George H.W. Bush’s trip to Australia at the end of 1991. Trip books like this are used by U.S. diplomats during foreign travel by high-level officials and other important events, so the numerous participants know all the important “who, what, where and…