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Chronology: American Exhibits to the U.S.S.R.


1959 American National Exhibition
This exhibition was the setting of the famous "kitchen debate" between then-Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. This was the first United States national exhibition mounted in the Soviet Union and proved to be a successful collaboration between several U.S. Government agencies and the private sector. American National Exhibition covered all aspects of American life and culture and was visited by 2.7 million Soviets during the summer of 1959.

1961 Plastics USA
This exhibit toured Kiev, Moscow, and Tbilisi and was visited by over 375,000 Soviets. More than 230 American businesses and firms made available equipment and supplies for the exhibition, which focused on the wide application of plastics in the home and various industries.

1961 Transportation USA
This exhibit toured Volgograd and Kharkov and drew 180,000 visitors. The exhibit underscored the vital role of transportation and distribution networks in the American economy and way of life.

1962 Medicine USA
Shown in Moscow, Kiev, and Leningrad, this exhibit drew 207,000 visitors. It featured fully-equipped doctor's and dentist's offices, a hospital operating room, and a fully-stocked American drugstore with equipment donated and loaned by U.S. firms. There were six doctors, a dentist, and a pharmacist to assist the Russian-speaking guides with specialized information.

1963 Technical Books USA
At this exhibit, more than 700 U.S. publishers displayed a complete range of published materials on technical subjects. The exhibit made a powerful impression on the nearly 150,000 Soviet visitors in Moscow, Leningrad, and Kiev.

1963-64 Graphic Arts USA
At this exhibit, more than 1.6 million Soviets in Alma Ata, Moscow, Yerevan, and Leningrad explored the vibrant world of graphics, from fine art prints to corporate logos.

1964-65 Communications USA
While touring Leningrad, Kiev, and Moscow, this exhibit attracted over 765,000 Soviet citizens. Sixty-five U.S. companies in the communications field provided electronics hardware for this exhibition that covered print and electronic media in the U.S.

1965 Architecture USA
This exhibit attracted over 715,000 visitors in Moscow, Minsk, and Leningrad. The crowds in Leningrad waited as long as five hours to view the incredible diversity and vitality of the American architectural landscape.

1966 Hand Tools USA
While on tour in the provincial cities of Kharkov, Rostov-on-Don, and Yerevan, this exhibit attracted 720,000 Soviets. It featured hand and small power tools, hardware, and accessories provided by 86 U.S. manufacturers.

1967 Industrial Design USA
American business participation was exceptionally strong in this exhibit in which more than 180 U.S. companies were represented. The exhibition drew over 830,000 visitors in Moscow, Kiev, and Leningrad. U.S. businesses provided automobiles, mobile homes, televisions, and hundreds of products for the average American that captivated Soviet audiences.

1969-70 Education USA
This exhibit toured six major cities - Leningrad, Kiev, Moscow, Baku, Tashkent, and Novosibirsk. This was the first American exhibit to tour a Siberian city. Attracting nearly a million visitors, the exhibition portrayed the techniques and technologies - provided by diverse private sector educational resources - used in the American educational system.

1972 Research and Development USA
This exhibit traveled to Tbilisi, Moscow, Volgograd, Kazan, Donetsk, and Leningrad, where nearly 2 million Soviets saw the tangible benefits of private enterprise. The exhibition was planned around 26 "blue chip" corporations with strong R&D programs, many of which were tied to space programs. The exhibition displayed a range of products and artifacts, from the Apollo 10 command module to kitchen appliances.

1973-74 Outdoor Recreation USA
Over 1.5 million Soviets sought out the America guides and specialists who were constantly bombarded with questions about life in America while this exhibit toured Moscow, Ufa, Irkutsk, Yerevan, Kishinev, and Odessa. [Photos]

1975-76 Technology for the American Home
This exhibit provided a revealing glimpse into how and where Americans live and work. It was seen by 1.2 million Soviets in Tashkent, Baku, Moscow, Zaporozhye, Leningrad, and Minsk. Specialists from the Soviet building trades were drawn to the huge variety of products available to U.S. homebuilders.

1976-77 Photography USA
As one of the most visually-exciting exhibitions ever produced by USIA, this exhibit traveled to Kiev, Alma Ata, Tbilisi, Ufa, Novosibirsk, and Moscow. It attracted 1.5 million visitors to see the more than 800 photographs that were displayed. Thirty American companies participated in this exhibit. [Photos]

1976 USA 200 Years
This special exhibition commemorated the Bicentennial of U.S. Independence. While shown in Moscow, this exhibit was visited by 270,000 visitors during its 28-day run.

1978-79 Agriculture USA
The richness of the American agricultural scene, from high-tech agribusiness to life on the family farm, was seen in Kiev, Tselinograd, Dushanbe, Kishinev, Moscow, and Rostov-on-Don by nearly 1.2 million Soviet citizens. Twenty-six American manufacturers lent their products, and agricultural experts from U.S. business and Government attended showings of the exhibition.

1987-89 Information USA
After an eight-year break, Information USA resumed the tradition with a dynamic exhibition that focused on the developing information age of computers and mass communication. The exhibit toured Moscow, Kiev, Rostov-on-Don, Tbilisi, Tashkent, Irkutsk, Magnitogorsk, Leningrad, and Minsk. [Photos]

1989-91 Design USA
The last exhibit to the USSR, Design USA visited Donetsk, Kishinev, Dushanbe, Alma Ata, Novosibirsk, Volgograd, and Baku before heading to Vladivostok and Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East. The exhibit showcased American design concepts found in diverse areas including computer, home, and automotive design. [Photos]



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