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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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    Inscribed Canadian Flag

    After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world became memorial sites, filled with offerings of all kinds. Condolence gifts included flowers, candles, personal notes, drawings, and mementos. International first responders also expressed their sorrow at the loss of so many who had given their lives in the face of…

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    “We are Americans” Note

    After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world became memorial sites, filled with offerings of all kinds. Condolence gifts included flowers, candles, personal notes, drawings, and mementos. International first responders also expressed their sorrow at the loss of so many who had given their lives in the face of…

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    Inscribed Firefighter's Helmet

    After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world became memorial sites, filled with offerings of all kinds. Condolence gifts included flowers, candles, personal notes, drawings, and mementos. International first responders also expressed their sorrow at the loss of so many who had given their lives in the face of…

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    Handkerchief Letter

    Cuban medical professional and human rights activist Óscar Elías Biscet wrote this letter to U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009 while serving a 25 year prison sentence for his public support of human rights in Cuba. It is written on a cloth handkerchief. Biscet was released in 2011 after appeals from the…

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    Charred Great Seal

    Protesters in Belgrade, Serbia, attacked and set fire to the U.S. embassy on February 21, 2008, in response to U.S. support for Kosovo's independence. A large rally of Serbs, vowing to retake the neighboring territory which is viewed as Serbia's religious and national heartland, preceded the attack on the embassy. This seal, which…

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    Secretary Albright's Commission

    Duplicate of the original appointment commission for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, dated January 23, 1997 and signed by President Bill Clinton and Acting Secretary of State Peter Tarnoff.

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    Secretary Powell's Commission

    Duplicate of the original appointment commission for Secretary of State Colin Powell, dated January 20, 2021, and signed by President George W. Bush and Acting Secretary of State Alan Larson.

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    Secretary Rice's Commission

    Duplicate of the original appointment commission for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, dated January 26, 2005, and signed by President George W. Bush and Acting Secretary of State Marc Grossman.

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    Signed Copy of House Resolution 786

    Following a deteriorating security situation in Libya and attacks on U.S. properties elsewhere in the region, the U.S. government compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi came under a heavy and deadly attack on the evening of September 11, 2012. The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens was at the compound…