Highlighted Site of the Week – “Read My Pins” - State and Federal Communications

August 5, 2010  •  

Highlighted Site of the Week – “Read My Pins”

The Smithsonian Institution Web site has a captivating page called “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection.” On exhibit at the Smithsonian is the splendid pin collection of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Apparently, Albright chose the pins she would wear for official events according to the message she wished to convey!

According to the Web site:

“During her service as ambassador to the United Nations, and then as U.S. Secretary of State, Albright came to understand how powerful a symbol an item of jewelry could be, and chose pins to reflect her diplomatic mission, reinforce her negotiating position or express her pride of country and office.”

On the site you can see over one hundred years of art in a beautiful slide show of Albright’s pins. Some of the pins were of humble beginnings, some very expensive, but all of them are beautiful.

You will find many more temporary and permanent exhibitions at the Smithsonian as well.

Enjoy a video of the former secretary of state:

Better yet, you may wish to go and visit the Smithsonian and see the collections for yourself! But you better hurry, the Albright exhibit closes on October 17.

Many thanks to Nancy Messmore for pointing me in the direction of this exhibit!

Video from Smithsonian Videos on Youtube.

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