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Inside the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms

Lecture and Tour

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Code: 1H0824

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The elegant Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State are used by the secretary of state, vice president, and Cabinet members to entertain official guests. These stately rooms house an outstanding collection of American fine and decorative arts of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Take this rare opportunity to see them through the eyes of their director, Marcee F. Craighill, whose illustrated lecture provides a virtual tour of these celebrated spaces—and prepares you for a real one.

From the John Adams State Drawing Room, which houses the desk on which the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783, to the more intimate Thomas Jefferson State Reception Room furnished with premier examples of American Chippendale furniture, each room is filled with history, beauty, and examples of American creativity and craftsmanship at their best.

The program includes a 45-minute daytime tour of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms on a selection of dates. Signup sheets are provided at the lecture.

Directions to the Reception Rooms for tours are provided at the lecture.

Note: A photo ID is required at the time of the tour.


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