Cold War Diplomacy (1945-1991)

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  • Story of Diplomacy

    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    The 1776 Declaration of Independence is one of the most universally well-known historical documents.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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    Diplomatic Courier’s Overnight Bag

    U.S. Diplomatic Couriers are some of the most traveled people in the world. They’re responsible for ensuring that classified materials are safely and securely transported across international borders. Without their hard work, U.S. missions and consulates couldn’t function. Few objects in our collection illustrate the breadth and frequency of a diplomatic courier’s…

  • Public Program

    Her Diplomacy: Women’s History Month Program

    March 22, 2023

    In Person

    Celebrate Women’s History Month with NMAD! Join us on Wednesday, March 22, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm EDT for an afternoon of programming featuring our current temporary exhibit, Her Diplomacy.

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    Autographed First Pitch Baseball

    In the mid-1940s, an American named J. Robert Fluker was living in Afghanistan and teaching at Habibia College in Kabul. Fluker, whose teaching position was funded by the U.S. Department of State, decided to introduce the game of baseball to his students. In 1946, during the opening game, the Prime Minister of…

  • Public Program

    Stuck Behind the Iron Curtain: Race, Citizenship, and Red Scares

    February 15, 2023

    In Person

    Join NMAD on February 15th to commemorate Black History Month through the story of Robert Robinson, a Black American who unwillingly spent 44 years in Soviet Russia. Bill Davis, a Black Foreign Service Officer, assisted in his repatriation.