D.C. is getting a new museum.
The proposed United States Diplomacy Center, just a few blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station, will serve as a new entrance to the State Department and showcase the history, challenges and results of U.S. diplomacy worldwide.
The State Department already holds a large number of historical artifacts that could be housed in the museum, including the dog tags of Constance Harveys, one of the first women in the Foreign Service; coffee mugs created to commemorate an important nuclear armament agreement between the U.S. and former Soviet Union; and a ping-pong paddle given to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger by a Chinese table tennis champion.The idea for constructing the facility began with a group of former ambassadors and other diplomats who wanted to build a public space to honor the work of U.S. diplomacy.
Construction is set to begin in summer this year, and is expected to take 18 months before the new center is open for visitors.
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