In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations

Meridian presented this exhibition to chronicle the relationship between the United States and Afghanistan beginning with initial contacts in the early twentieth century and continuing through the late 1970s. The exhibition featured more than one hundred reproductions of photographs and documents culled from private and public archives around the United States and Afghanistan.

In Small Things Remembered told the story of the first Afghan diplomatic mission to the United States in 1921, the establishment of diplomatic relations in the mid-1930s, and other important developments. Thematic sections in the exhibition included official visits, education and outreach, cultural exchanges, and infrastructure development. Each served to strengthen the friendship between the United States and Afghanistan. This museum-quality display was accompanied by a full-color catalogue, exhibition poster, website, and education materials. Meridian also oversaw the production of catalogues in Dari and Pashto.

The exhibition was on display in the U.S. and traveled to Afghanistian, where it was displayed in Kabul, Herat, and other locations.

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Project summary

In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations
Regions: South and Central Asia
Countries: Afghanistan
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Diplomatic Corps