Meridian-curated Exhibition, "In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations", opens at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Herat, Afghanistan

His Excellency James Cunningham, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, addresses the audience at the opening of In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations on November 10, 2012. Photo: U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

On November 10, 2012, His Excellency James Cunningham, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Dr. Daud Saba, Governor of Herat Province, Afghanistan, opened In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations at the ancient Citadel in Herat, Afghanistan.

The exhibition, curated by Meridian International Center’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy program, features over 100 reproductions of photographs and documents that recount the rich, historical ties between the United States and Afghanistan. These facsimiles, dating from 1911 through the 1970s, follow the first collaborations between U.S. and Afghan engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs; the numerous official visits between U.S. and Afghan leaders; and the face-to-face exchanges that connected ordinary citizens from both nations.

The exhibition has been viewed by thousands of people, since it opened in Citadel, including Hon. Wendy Sherman, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, who viewed the exhibit on November 28, 2012,during her trip to Afghanistan. The Lincoln Center in Herat also conducted tours of the exhibit for Afghan university and high school students. More than 35, 000 Afghan students have already viewed the exhibition.

Additional copies of In Small Things Remembered : The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations are on display in Kabul, Camp Northern Lights in Mazar-e Sharif, and Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.