Madeleine Albright to Visit Czech Museum

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright campaigns for democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, September 13, 2007.

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By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will visit an Iowa museum to open a traveling exhibit that highlights her diplomatic achievements - as seen through jewelry.

Albright will speak Friday at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, which is housing a collection of 280 pins she wore during a diplomatic career in which she became the first female secretary.

Albright wore the pins for a variety of reasons, including to emphasize the importance of a negotiation or show pride in the U.S. The museum says they range from family heirlooms to designer creations and showcase the power of jewelry to communicate. The collection includes personal anecdotes and will be there through October.

Albright was born in Czechoslovakia. She served as secretary from 1997 to 2001.

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