Affairs of State Related Programs

Explore the long history of American diplomacy through these lectures and other historical programs, which accompany the exhibition Affairs of State: 118 Years of Diplomacy and Entertaining at Anderson House. Click on the links below to learn more about each program and watch a video of the presentation.


The Diplomatic Uniform of Larz Anderson

March 10, 2023

In this Lunch Bite object talk, the Institute’s museum collections and operations manager, Paul Newman, discusses a diplomatic uniform made for Larz Anderson by Davies & Son of London, England, for his appointment as the U.S. minister to Belgium in 1911.

Watch the Presentation


All the World’s a Stage: The Role of Architecture and Interior Decor in Entertaining at Anderson House, 1905-1929

April 4, 2023

Historian Stephen T. Moskey, Ph.D., explores how the original design of Anderson House as both a splendid stage upon which the social status and careers of the couple could be promoted and advanced, and as a private home with cozy rooms that afforded comfort and privacy, was intertwined with the entertainment function and decoration of each room.

Watch the Lecture


A Scrapbook Documenting Isabel Anderson’s Gift of Anderson House to the Society of the Cincinnati

April 21, 2023

In this Lunch Bite object talk, the Institute’s research services librarian, Rachel Nellis, discusses a scrapbook compiled by Isabel Anderson documenting her gift of Anderson House to the Society of the Cincinnati.

Watch the Presentation


Society of the Cincinnati Eagles of the Twentieth Century

May 19, 2023

In this Lunch Bite object talk, the Institute’s deputy director and curator, Emily Parsons, explores the various types of the Society of the Cincinnati insignia produced in the twentieth century and some of the famous people who have worn them, including Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan.

Watch the Presentation


The Fighting Sullivans of World War II

August 9, 2023

Kelly Sullivan, the granddaughter of Albert Sullivan, discusses the service and legacy of her grandfather and his four brothers, who were all killed while serving on the USS Juneau in World War II. Their parents were presented with their posthumous Purple Heart medals at Anderson House in 1944.

Learn More About the Lecture


A View from Abroad: The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe

August 29, 2023

Jeanne E. Abrams, professor of history at the University of Denver, explores John and Abigail Adams’ time in Europe from 1778 to 1788, when he served as an American diplomat and the pair worked to supplant their British origins with a new American identity.

Watch the Presentation


Visit of the King and Queen of Siam to Anderson House in 1931

October 20, 2023

In this Lunch Bite object talk, Glenn Hennessey, the Institute’s director of marketing and communications and the curator of Affairs of State, highlights items in the Institute’s collections that document the 1931 visit of the king and queen of Siam to Anderson House.

Watch the Presentation


A Client State or a Great Power: Radicals vs. Moderates in the Diplomacy of the American Revolution

November 14, 2023

Robert Smith, professor of history at Worcester State University, discusses the turbulence surrounding American diplomacy during the Revolution and the two factions of American policymakers at the time—radicals and moderates.

Watch the Presentation