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    U.S. Flag from Embassy Havana

    The U.S. and Cuba re-established official diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015, and U.S. Embassy Havana was officially reopened on August 14, 2015, by Secretary of State John Kerry. During the reopening ceremony, this U.S. flag was handed off by the last Marines to serve at U.S. Embassy Havana in 1961 to…

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    Sculpture of a Flower Vendor

    Sculpture of a flower vendor in wood and silver. Gift to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Peruvian President Ollanta Humala in October 2012, on the occasion of Clinton's visit to Peru.

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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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    Silk Shawl & Silver Rice Container

    Ornately decorated rice container with inscription and silk shawl decorated with silkworm cocoons along the fringe. During a July 2012 meeting, these were received by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a gift from Laotian Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. The inscription on the rice container reads: "Souvenir from H.E. Dr. Thongloun SISOULITH,…

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    Lidded Silver Chalice

    This silver chalice with green cabochon gemstones was given to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by the Burmese Minister of Foreign Affairs during a meeting a the State Department in May 2012.

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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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    Tagine Dish

    Hand-painted tagine dish manufactured in Korba, Tunisia and featured in a January 2012 U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia “Doing Business with the U.S.A.” roadshow. The roadshow promoted a program that allows this tagine dish and other products to be imported to the U.S. duty-free, an effort aimed at helping develop the Tunisian handicrafts…

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    U.S. Embassy Taipei Stamp

    From 1949 to 1979, U.S. official diplomatic relations with China were based in Taipei, Formosa (Taiwan). Years after Nixon’s opening with mainland China in 1972, the United States recognized and established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China as the sole legitimate government of China on January 1, 1979. The U.S.…

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    First E-mails between Heads of State

    Framed and signed printed copies of the first e-mail exchanged between Heads of State – Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt and U.S. President Bill Clinton, on Feb. 4-5th, 1994.

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    Ambassador vanden Heuvel's Suit

    On April 30, 1980 – the eve of May Day – two protestors with Communist sympathies burst into U.N. Security Council chamber and splashed William vanden Heuvel, deputy U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and Soviet Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky with bucketfuls of red paint. The protestors’ aim was to accuse the U.S. and…