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Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between the U.S. and Russia
September 26, 2007


Boston, MA

The USRCCNE has joined together with a broad range of Massachusetts organizations and political leaders to plan a day of commemoration of September 26 in honor of the 200th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia. The guests of honor for these events will be Ambassador William Burns, the U.S. ambassador to Russia and Ambassador Yury Ushakov, the Russian ambassador to the United States.

The events of September 26 will highlight both the historical ties between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Russia and the ongoing business, cultural and social connections that continue to grow in modern times. The very first U.S. ambassador to Russia was the illustrious Massachusetts political leader John Quincy Adams. In the two hundred years that have followed establishment of political relations, ties between us have fostered scientific, economic, artistic and social connections. The celebratory events on the 26th are an opportunity to reflect on the past and future relationship between these two powerful countries.

The day’s events will begin with an official ceremony in the chamber of the Massachusetts State Senate at approximately 10:30 am. The two ambassadors will be greeted by the Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick and will then proceed to the chamber of Massachusetts State Senate for presentation of a proclamation by Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray. Other state political leaders are also expected to participate in this ceremony. The event is open to the public and can be viewed from the gallery of the State Senate Chamber.

Following the political reception, there will be a luncheon from 12:30 – 2 pm, featuring speeches by both ambassadors, co-organized by the UN Association of Greater Boston and the USRCCNE at the Downtown Harvard Club. The cost or the luncheon will be $60 for members of either sponsoring organization or $75 for non-members. For more information on attending this luncheon, please see the UN Association of Boston Website. Advance registration with the UN Association of Boston for the luncheon is required as there will be no seats available at the door.

Russian Icons Exhibition A special exhibition from the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts featuring masterpieces of Russian icon painting ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries opens at 12:00 in the Shawmut Room at the Harvard Club and will remain open to luncheon attendees. See the museum's website and this article about the museum (from USRCCNE member The School of Russian and Asian Studies) for more information about this unique exhibit!

The ambassadors will then attend the ceremonial opening of a special exhibit at the Mass Historical Society of the papers of John Quincy Adams relevant to his service as ambassador to Russia. The opening is not available to the general public, but the exhibit will be open at the Mass Historical Society from September 27 – October 31 from 1 – 4 pm.

Concluding the day’s events, Ambassador Burns will present his views on the significance of this anniversary at a public lecture at part of the Charles Francis Adams lecture series at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. This event will be held in the ASEAN auditorium at the Fletcher School at 6:30pm. It is open to the public and no prior registration is required.

Note: Please ignore the automatic "register" link below. Registration information for each event is in the description above. 

The Honorable William Burns: Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation

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