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Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection at FDR Library & Museum

  |   August 1, 2014  |  Comment

Read My Pins

Acclaimed Traveling Exhibition of
More Than 200 Symbolic and Historically Significant Pins
August 9, 2014 through November 2, 2014

You’ve heard of campaign buttons and pins.

Now see READ MY PINS: THE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT COLLECTION, the one and only traveling collection of more than 200 symbolic and historically significant pins at The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

This exhibit explores how former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used jewelry as a diplomatic and political tool, and will be on display in the William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery at the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York from August 9, 2014 through November 2, 2014. (Regular hours and admission apply.)

The pins came to light when Albright was first named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and later, the first female Secretary of State in 1997, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at that time. “I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal,” Secretary Albright has said. “President George H.W. Bush had been known for saying ‘Read my lips,’ so I began urging colleagues and reporters to ‘Read my pins.'”

Secretary Albright would don a particular brooch or pin to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. Sparkling with Albright’s wit and brio, the collection is notable for its historic significance as well as for demonstrating the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language all its own.

A highlight of the exhibition is the brooch that began Secretary Albright’s unusual use of pins. After Saddam Hussein’s government-controlled press referred to her as a serpent in 1994, then U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Albright wore a golden snake brooch pinned to her suit for her next meeting on Iraq. Similar stories are attached like jewels to other brooches in this fascinating collection.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

With a newly renovated building and new permanent museum exhibits the Library seeks to honor President Roosevelt’s vision in dedicating his Library to the American people. The Roosevelt Library is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. For more information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or visit www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

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