Remembering the Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations

Posted by Carla Benini
April 11, 2011
Duke Ellington Arrives Kabul

On April 6, 2011, the Department of State and Meridian International Center hosted a reception to celebrate the opening of the U.S. Embassy Kabul-funded exhibit, "In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations." Over 300 guests viewed the 80 photographs and documents that recalled the first Peace Corps volunteers in Afghanistan, visits to the White House by Afghan kings, infrastructure projects, and cultural emissaries such as Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck.

The photographs illustrate the depth and breadth of the relationship between the two nations over the last century, and show the connection the United States and Afghanistan shared, long before the events of September 11, 2011. Remarks by Ambassador Grossman emphasized the enduring friendship of our two countries and the power of individual Americans and Afghans to bring nations closer together.

The exhibit will soon travel halfway around the world to Afghanistan, where it will be launched at an embassy-hosted event before going on public display. See the photos for yourself here. You can also view photos of the event at Meridian International Center here.


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