Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
December 4, 2009


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host an event honoring the families of the US government employees serving unaccompanied tours on Monday December 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Department of State in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms recently decorated for the holidays. Through the generosity of the Magazine Publishers of America, participating magazines and local decorators, we honor the dedicated employees and their families in rooms not only beautifully decorated for the holidays, but filled with some of our nation’s greatest treasures. They will be among the first to see the new decorations.

Nearly 1,000 State Department employees are currently serving unaccompanied tours overseas, in places too dangerous to bring family or host visitors, and their commitment through the holidays is a testament to their dedication and devotion to serving our country.

The State Department has partnered with the Magazine Publishers of America, the trade association of the consumer magazine industry, to enlist 6 leading publications to decorate and enhance the historic rooms of the Blair House and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms for the holidays. The magazines are Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News, Natural Home, This Old House and Traditional Home. Local decorators have also contributed decorations. Both spaces have witnessed some of our nation’s greatest diplomatic achievements and display some of the proudest moments in history. The effort is part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the furnishings and art in both the Blair House and the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms.

6:00 p.m. SECRETARY CLINTON DELIVERS REMARKS AT “DIPLOMACY AT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” HONORING EMPLOYEES SERVING UNACCOMPANIED TOURS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS IN NEWLY DECORATED ROOMS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Benjamin Franklin Room
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC
Pre-set time for cameras: 5:00 p.m. at the C Street Entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 6:00 p.m. at the C Street Entrance
Note: Media will depart following conclusion of the event program.

Press Contacts:

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State:
(202) 647-2492



PRN: 2009/1222