1906 Irena Baruch born in Lodz, Poland

1925-33 Irena studies fine art in Warsaw, London and Vienna

1934 Irena marries U.S. diplomat John Cooper Wiley in Toulon, France

1934-36 John serves as Counselor and Consul General U.S. Embassy Moscow

1936 Irena travels to the U.S. for the first time

1936-37 John serves as Consul General to Belgium

1937-38 John serves as Charge d'Affaires ad interim, Consul General, U.S. Legation Vienna. Nazi Germany annexes Austria in 1938; John Wiley closes Legation

1938-40 John serves as Envoy Extraordinary U.S. Embassies Riga and Tallinn Russia occupies the Baltics 1940

1939 John F. Kennedy visits the Wileys in Estonia; Irena carves an altarpiece with his face as an angel

1939 Irena becomes a U.S. citizen, sworn in by President Franklin D. Roosevelt

1940 Wileys leave the Baltic States via Siberia and China. En route Irena meets Teilhard de Chardin who entrusts her with his manuscript of
The Phenomenon of Man to carry to the U.S.

1941-44 Wileys remain in Washington, D.C. during the war. Irena runs art therapy sessions in Forest Glen, an adjunct to Walter Reed Hospital for soldiers

1943 Irena is photographed for a spread in Vogue Magazine

1944 Irena completes a portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, now hanging in Hyde Park, NY

1944-47 John serves as Ambassador U.S. Embassy Bogota

1947 Alice Acheson, wife of Dean Acheson, shows art with Irena at the Wildenstein Gallery, New York City

1947-48 John serves as Ambassador U.S. Embassy Lisbon

1948-51 John serves as Ambassador U.S. Embassy Tehran

1951-53 John serves as Ambassador U.S. Embassy Panama City

1954 John retires, Wileys settle in Washington, D.C.

1962 Irena publishes her memoirs
Around the Globe in Twenty Years

1967 John dies February 3rd in Washington, D.C.

1968-70 Irena takes three USO-sponsored trips to Vietnam, Japan, Okinawa, Hawaii and Guam where she sketches injured soldiers

1972 Irena dies April 24th in Washington, D.C.