Cold War Butterflies
In 1959, at the invitation of Richard Nixon, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made a trip to the United States. He was accompanied by his son, Sergei. In this silent film clip, Sergei collects butterflies in a field near Washington, D.C. Sergei explained, “The secret service came to me and told, ‘We will accompany you.’ And they brought me to the outskirts of DC... So I run around. I came there with my butterfly net and all other equipment trying to find some place and time to catch American butterflies."