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Upcoming Exhibits

Opening May 11, 2013

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection


Organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Support for the original exhibition was provided by Bren Simon and for the exhibition catalogue by St. John Knits.

Photograph by Diana Walker; Liberty Pin, Gijs Bakker.


Pins became part of Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's diplomatic signature. Dr. Albright was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and the first female United States Secretary of State. She used pins to emphasize the importance of a negotiation, signify high hopes, protest the absence of progress, and show pride in representing the U.S.

Comprised of designer creations, family heirlooms and dime-store pins, matched with Dr. Albright's compelling and often humorous stories, the exhibit represents the life of one of America's most accomplished and fascinating diplomats. The exhibit, featuring more than 280 dazzling pins used to make diplomatic history, ends October 27.

Special thanks to the following sponsors, whose philanthropic support made the Read My Pins exhibition and accompanying events possible:

Dr. Margaret Haupt

Robert F., Janis L., Dr. Kimberly K. and Korlin K. Kazimour

Gary and Cathy Rozek

CRST International Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

St. Luke's Hospital