Smithsonian – Symbols of Diplomacy: Practicing Diplomacy from Early America to the Present
DescriptionThis exciting session will take you into the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State – 42 very special rooms that are used each day by the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State to conduct American diplomacy at the highest levels. In these rooms, peace treaties are negotiated, multi-national summits occur, State Luncheons are held, and history literally happens every day.
These rooms also house an extraordinary collection of 5,000 historic objects – many owned, used, or even created by our nation’s early leaders. But, unlike museum pieces, these objects are used every day as a part of our country’s diplomatic work.
You will get an exclusive look inside these special rooms and interact with senior officials at the U.S. Department of State and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms as we explore “Symbols of Diplomacy” that help shape our nation’s past and present diplomatic activities. This online conference will also provide rare insights into a recent diplomatic event that took place in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms.
Join us for an exciting journey as we explore fascinating historic objects from the time of our country’s founding. Discover how the United States utilized diplomacy to build relationships that secured our country’s freedom, and helped shape a nation founded on the principles of freedom and equality.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get an insider’s view of how American diplomacy was conducted in the past – and how it is happening today – from Washington, D.C.’s best-kept secret, the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State.
This session is for students and educators. Students can complete Smithsonian Quests based on the conference sessions and earn digital badges in recognition of their new knowledge.
All Online Conferences are free and open to the public. Registration is required to participate.