A New World Order (1980-2001)

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    Sec. Albright’s Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Secretary Madeleine Albright was a trailblazer as the first woman Secretary of State, serving from 1997 to 2001. She also served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997). In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. As part of her commitment to…

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    Poster for Pres. Clinton’s Visit to Berlin

    In July 1994, President Bill Clinton visited Germany. More than four years after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Germany as a whole and the city of Berlin had been fully reunified. Clinton spoke in front of the Brandenburg Gate, where in 1987 President Reagan had famously called for Soviet…

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    Book Gifted to Richard Schifter

    As a young boy in Vienna, Austria in the 1930s, Richard Schifter would often walk with his father past the Austrian Consular Academy. Richard would tell his parents that one day he wanted to be a diplomat. One time, his father pulled him aside and explained, “We are Jews. Jews can't get…

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    Glass Shards from Embassy Bombing

    John E. Lange was serving as Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Dar Es Salaam on August 7, 1998. That morning, he convened a meeting in his office with the Political-Economic Section which was cut short due to the bomb’s impact. Lange remembers feeling a deep rumble before an explosion rocked his office,…

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    Ambassador Bushnell's Hard Hat

    When the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi was attacked by a truck bomb in August 1998, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Prudence Bushnell was present in a neighboring building and injured by the blast. Ambassador Bushnell returned to inspect the damaged embassy the next day. Her staff presented this hard hat for her to…

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    The Declaration Heard ‘Round the World

    The 1776 Declaration of Independence is one of the most universally well-known historical documents. American diplomats continue to promote the democratic values enshrined in its…

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    Guidebook for Blind Job Seekers

    Avraham (Rami) Rabby was a lifelong advocate for the rights of those with disabilities, particularly vision loss. He was completely blind, having lost his sight as a child due to detached retinas. He also served as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service for 17 years, a job he had to fight…

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    National Federation of the Blind Award

    The National Federal of the Blind of Illinois awarded Avraham (Rami) Rabby this award in 2018, recognizing the success of his advocacy on several issues impacting blind people. These included recognition of White Cane Safety Day and passing white cane legislation. White canes are commonly used by people with low or no…

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    Avraham Rabby’s White Cane

    This foldable white cane belonged to Avraham (Rami) Rabby, who was a lifelong advocate for the rights of those with disabilities, particularly vision loss. Canes like this one are commonly used by people with low or no vision to identify themselves and to help safely navigate on foot. Rabby was completely blind,…