Patrons of Diplomacy: Celebrating 50 Years in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms
Within the magnificent Diplomatic Reception Rooms, the Secretary of State, Vice President, and Cabinet officials lead our country in the essential business of American diplomacy. In these rooms, the United States signs treaties, conducts summit negotiations, hosts swearing-in ceremonies, and facilitates trade agreements.
For the past 50 years, the art of diplomacy has thrived in the Rooms against a stunning backdrop of American Art and architecture from the time of our country’s founding. The collection – valued at more than $100 million, and comprised entirely of gifts from the American people – showcases our nation’s heritage and pays homage to our founders.
The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are not a museum. Unlike a museum collection, the Rooms and the objects in them are put into use every day in service to our nation. More than 90,000 people attend events in or tours of the Rooms each year, including the general public, to whom the Rooms are open daily. Wear and tear far exceeds that which occurs in a museum or within a private residence.
Contributions from the American people are vitally important to the preservation and expansion of the Rooms. We must make meaningful investments in their revitalization, undertake important and necessary conservation work, and enhance research activities and educational outreach in order to ensure that our nation’s collection serves future generations as faithfully as it has served past generations. We ask that everyone who recognizes the patriotic value of these rooms reach out in support of our $20 million Patrons of Diplomacy campaign.
The Diplomatic Reception Rooms need a new generation of American benefactors to sustain them for the next 50 years, and beyond. We hope that you will be one of them.