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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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    Judith Heumann’s Business Card

    Judith Heumann was an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. She was known to many as the “Mother of the Disability Rights Movement.” Heumann contracted polio as a child and used a wheelchair most of her life. Her experiences led her to…

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    Judith Heumann’s UN ID Card

    Judith Heumann was an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. She was known to many as the “Mother of the Disability Rights Movement.” Heumann contracted polio as a child and used a wheelchair most of her life. Her experiences led her to…

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    Inscribed Plate from Jehan Sadat

    In September 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter invited Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin to the United States for peace negotiations. It would result in the historic Camp David Accords, bringing peace between the two countries. In the runup to that meeting, Esther Coopersmith, a well-known Washington, DC…

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    Robert Mosher’s Camera

    At U.S. diplomatic posts in South Vietnam in April 1975, diplomats and others worked diligently to evacuate staff and at-risk South Vietnamese citizens to safety as the North Vietnamese forces approached. Robert Mosher was one of those diplomats. He was posted to the U.S. Consulate in Can Tho but was pulled to…

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    Jane S. Dougherty’s Diplomatic ID

    Jane Simmons joined the State Department and served overseas in challenging locations. While in Warsaw she met William Dougherty, another embassy employee. The two fell in love and were married while serving at the embassy. After Warsaw, they were assigned to the Embassy in Moscow. This is the diplomatic identification card issued…

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    William Dougherty’s Diplomatic ID

    William Dougherty joined the State Department and served overseas in challenging locations. Dougherty was recruited in 1945 from the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he worked as a cryptologist. While in Warsaw he met Jane Simmons, another embassy employee. The two fell in love and were married while serving at the embassy.…

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    Frances Willis Stamp First Day Cover

    In 2006, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its “Distinguished American Diplomats” stamp series. They honored six diplomats: Hiram Bingham IV, Charles E. Bohlen, Philip C. Habib, Robert D. Murphy, Clifton R. Wharton Sr., and Frances E. Willis. Frances Willis was the first woman to join the Foreign Service who rose through…

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    Framed Telegram from President Ford

    On April 30, 1975, the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, effectively ending the Vietnam War. In the days before, U.S. forces evacuated thousands of Americans and South Vietnamese. American diplomats were on the frontlines, organizing what would be the most ambitious helicopter evacuation in history. This…