Tie a Yellow Ribbon

During the Iran Hostage Crisis, yellow ribbons became the symbol of hope for their safe return. But why a yellow ribbon? It starts with a diplomat’s wife and a popular song. Learn more.
Calvin Coolidge signs Kellogg-Briand Pact
Gold Pen
Artifact Highlight:
The Kellogg-Briand Pact Gold Pen

This week 92 years ago, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact. This international agreement committed 15 nations to outlawing aggression and war in settling disputes. We’re fortunate to have the gold pen that was used to sign the pact in our collection. Browse other stories about our artifacts of diplomacy.

New Video: The Iran Hostages' Homecoming

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Iran Hostages’ release, Diplomacy Classroom welcomed NMAD Collections Manager, Eric Duyck, who shared the story and significance of the items which bore witness to the ordeal. Watch the program.
January 27: Secretaries, Senators, and the Presidency

How has the road to the White House evolved since 1789? Join us for a conversation on the Secretaries of State and Senators who have run for President featuring Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate Dr. Donald Ritchie. 
February 9: La Amistad and Upholding Democracy

How was the practice of diplomacy used to enforce the rule of law in the La Amistad case, which would determine the freedom of a group of enslaved Africans? Please join us for a discussion with NMAD’s Public Historian, Dr. Alison Mann to discover how this case challenged America’s democratic ideals. Watch here.