Collections

Curating Artifacts of Cultural Significance

Projects to preserve vital heritage items that live within the State Department’s overseas properties

The State Department’s cultural assets include heritage collections of furniture, as well as fine and decorative arts spanning centuries and cultures, representing a variety of styles and media. The Department’s Office of Cultural Heritage is responsible for identifying, classifying and conserving these cultural objects as a best practice in good diplomacy.

“As stewards of the cultural heritage that has been entrusted to us, we have the honor and responsibility of caring for it…In doing so, we demonstrate our respect and appreciation for the host country’s history and culture, which is the foundation for a strong, constructive diplomatic relationship.”

  • – John Forbes Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of State

“I began my Foreign Service career four decades ago, and one of my early assignments was as a General Services Officer in charge of the U.S. Embassy properties in Paris. We’ve come a long way since then in systematically caring for our buildings…art and other objects that compose the Department’s heritage collection. The Fund to Conserve is an invaluable partner in this effort.”

– Patrick Kennedy, former Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State