When President Eisenhower hosted Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev at Camp David in 1959, negotiations had come to an impasse. Eisenhower decided that perhaps a change of venue could reopen channels of communication so he invited Kruschev to visit his farm a short distance away in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The rural setting and the opportunity to meet the president’s family and grandchildren turned out to be the key to diplomacy between the two leaders. This session features discussion of several sites in the National Park Service that tell stories of diplomacy and negotiation during major turning points in U. S. and international history.

Presented by:
Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science, National Park Service

Original Airdate: February 12, 2014

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