The United States Diplomacy Center
The Nation's First Museum of 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

Experience firsthand stories from topic experts, historians, diplomats on the ground, and global influencers, or practice American diplomacy yourself through our participatory programs, held in our historic pavilion.

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Our Collection

Nowhere else does a museum collection exist that is solely dedicated to our nation’s diplomatic history. Explore how diplomacy has played a vital role in our nation’s history, from its founding to today.

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Simulations

Immerse students in the world of American diplomacy. Diplomacy simulations invite participants to play the role of the diplomat, explore the global topics, and practice the skills of diplomats.

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 featuring diplomats, foreign policy experts, historians and other people from the ground in our Pavilion’s lower level.

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United States Diplomacy Center hosts TEDx participants for all-day experience on “Why Diplomacy Matters”
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The United States Diplomacy Center partnered with TEDx MidAtlantic Adventures on March 29th to host participants for a day-long engaging, thoughtful, and immersive experiences to highlight the theme of Why Diplomacy Matters: Public Private Partnerships and our National Security, Prosperity, and Global Leadership. Building on the theme of resiliency and empowering our civic systems to…

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100 Years of American Diplomacy
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The Diplomacy Center and the American Foreign Service Association celebrated 100 years of the Foreign Service Journal with the exhibit “Defining Diplomacy for 100 years: The Foreign Service Journal” on view in the Diplomacy Center Pavilion until May 10, 2019. The exhibit offered a unique look into diplomatic history through the eyes of the practitioners…

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Mapping for Diplomacy
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The United States Diplomacy Center partnered with MapGive to host a mapathon on April 5, 2019 in the Diplomacy Center pavilion. The purpose of a 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 volunteer participation in a global…

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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.

Photograph of Wolfgang J. Lehmann (far left) in Austria in the early 1950s, sitting with former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (far right) and fellow embassy staff member B.J. McGuigan (center) for a press conference.
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Wolfgang J. Lehmann served as a Foreign Service Officer from 1951 to 1983, experiencing significant events in diplomatic history during the cold war era. The Diplomacy Center recently collected several artifacts representing his distinguished career that spanned eight presidential administrations. Lehmann’s Foreign Service assignments included: Political Officer U.S. Embassy Vienna; supervisor of the U.S. Refugee…

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The Embassy Presence in Washington D.C.
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by Priscilla R. Linn Finding embassies on a map of Washington, D.C. is a relatively straightforward task. They lie in northwest quadrant of one of the smallest capitals in the world, often lining up along (or close to) the avenues that city planner Pierre L’Enfant drew up over 200 years ago. Other locations in Washington,…

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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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