Russian-American ties extend back 200 years, as evidenced by the unveiling of a memorial stone at the St. Petersburg cemetery where Louisa Catherine Adams is buried.
Louisa was the first American born in Russia, and the first to die in the country. She was daughter of the first United States Ambassador to Russia, John Quincy Adams, who was later elected the sixth president of the United States.
During a ceremony on the 200th anniversary of Louisa’s September 15, 1812, death, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Sheila Gwaltney spoke and laid flowers at Louisa’s grave. Members of the American group Daughters of the American Revolution and the Russian-American Cultural Center laid a wreath, and Igor Lonskiy, Deputy Chairman, Committee for External Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg and Margaret Coleman, Director of the Russian-American Cultural Center in Boston, gave remarks. Consul General Bruce Turner of the U.S. Consulate St. Petersburg read a poem written for the memorial event.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the memorial stone project, which was completed with assistance from historians and private citizens of both Russia and the United States.
During Ambassador McFaul’s visit to Vladivostok for the 20th Annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2012 Summit, he had a busy schedule post-APEC in meetings with local Russian organizations. Traveling in Russia to cities such as Vladivostok, home to a U.S. Consulate, helps Ambassador McFaul achieve the vision for U.S.-Russian relations set out in his recent blog. During his visit, he gave a presentation on U.S.-Russia relations titled “The Reset: Theory, Results, and Future.” The day-long schedule of the Ambassador’s visit to Vladivostok is an example of the U.S. commitment to getting to know the Russian people and encouraging ties between us.
40th Anniversary of the Signing of the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation Between the U.S. and Russia
On May 23rd, over one hundred Academicians, scientists, other experts and representatives of environmental NGOs came to the U.S. Embassy to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the agreement on environmental cooperation between the U.S. and Russia.
The new Chancery of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, dedicated in June 2000, houses a unique permanent collection of contemporary American art. The collection was assembled under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies Program, which was inaugurated in 1964 to provide "windows through which the people of foreign countries can see American works of art of all kinds and periods." Program curator Virginia Shore worked closely with a range of artists, purchasing, commissioning, or arranging for the donation of the works in this collection, some of which are highlighted here.
Spaso House has been the residence of American ambassadors in Moscow since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and the former Soviet Union in 1933.
Ambassador Beyrle opening the conference “Seeking a Common Language: The Role of Exchanges in Advancing the U.S.-Russia Relationship”