100 Years of Cherry Trees - May 11, 2012 |
Commemorating the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to Washington DC by the Mayor of Tokyo in appreciation for the friendship shown during the negotiations to end the Russo-Japanese War, the government of Japan is presenting Portsmouth with cherry trees grafted from the DC originals. The ceremony is planned on the birthday of Henry Denison. Only the planting at Wentworth By the Sea can be viewed by the public.For information, call Stephanie Seacord, 603-772-1835 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details on the cherry trees, click here.
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NH Archives Portsmouth Peace Treaty Exhibit M-F
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Portsmouth Peace Treaty Exhibit OPEN DAILY
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"Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize" Salem NH
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"Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize" Concord NH
Theodore Roosevelt Nobel Peace Prize 100th Anniversary Commemoration
December 10, 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of the awarding of the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize to President Theodore Roosevelt for his diplomacy ending the Russo-Japanese War. On that day, the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire and Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee hosted a commemorative lunch – the sole commemoration taking place anywhere in the world to honor Theodore Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize and his role as peacemaker.
Thanks to the interest of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee presented an authentic replica of the Nobel Peace Prize to Capt. Jon Iverson, commander of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the Shipyard’s Treaty Museum in Building 86 in honor of continuing efforts to document the legacy of the Treaty in diplomatic history, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The lunch and presentation took place at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel in Portsmouth/New Castle,
In 1906, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee recognized that the Portsmouth Peace Treaty would not have been signed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on September 5, 1905 had it not been for Roosevelt's good offices in arranging the formal negotiations.
"Research focused around the 100th anniversary of the Treaty in Portsmouth last year proved that Roosevelt orchestrated the dynamics of the formal and informal peace process, knowing that he could rely on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and the local people to create the positive atmosphere needed for the Russian and Japanese negotiations,” said Charles Doleac, founder of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forums and chairman of the Anniversary Committee. “This Nobel Peace Prize anniversary is a time to remember not the Theodore Roosevelt who wielded ‘big stick’ diplomacy but the Theodore Roosevelt who as President understood how to use a great nation’s diplomatic good offices for peace. Roosevelt’s Nobel recognizes that Roosevelt’s unique diplomacy was the first that used all of the forces that have since distinguished the
To read the Union Leader/Associated Press story about the commemoration held at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel on the 100th anniversary of the presentation of President Theodore Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize, click here.
(Photo credit:Beth Lorden, Foster's Daily Democrat)
Charles Doleac (left), on behalf of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee, presents an authentic replica of the Nobel Peace Prize to Capt. Jon Iverson, USN, for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard "Treaty Rooms" museum in Building 86.
On the 100th Anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize
(Published: Union Leader, December 10, 2006)
By Charles B. Doleac, Esq,
December 10th is the 100th anniversary of the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize presented to President Theodore Roosevelt for his role in ending the Russo-Japanese War. Thanks to his efforts, the Treaty of Portsmouth was signed on September 5th, 1905. From a vantage point 100 years later we might do well to understand the Theodore Roosevelt the Nobel Committee honored: not the President "carrying a big stick," but the President who used the diplomatic good offices of a great nation for peace.
Fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Henry Kissinger, praised Theodore Roosevelt as one of our nation's greatest Presidential diplomats because he approached the global balance of power with unparalleled sophistication. Roosevelt earned this reputation, and his Prize, for his realistic appraisal of competing international interests and for the creative blend of formal, informal and back channel diplomacy he used to bring
The Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, fought between
Despite winning most of the battles and sinking the Russian fleet in the Battle of Tsushima Strait, Japan could not decisively defeat the Russian Army. The continuation of the struggle threatened both
Careful to make certain that both parties understood the United States was not imposing its own view on the conflict, Roosevelt offered the US as the neutral host for peace negotiations, respecting the Japanese and Russian insistence on direct, face to face negotiations without the third party interference the European powers had previously imposed on both nations. After convincing both
True to his promise of non-interference, Roosevelt never came to
On December 10, 2006, the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize, reminding those in attendance of the example set in Portsmouth 100 years ago when a President fostered the atmosphere necessary for the Russians and Japanese to achieve their peace .
At that commemoration we will read a message from the Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute noting, "The basis for the [1906 Nobel Prize] committee's decision was stated in the presentation address as 'President Roosevelt's happy intervention to terminate the bloody war recently waged between two Great Powers,
The Roosevelt Room also displays Roosevelt's Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism in the Spanish American War, when the
Charles B. Doleac, Esq., Portsmouth NH is partner with Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, and is the founder and moderator of the
For President Theodore Roosevelt's own Nobel Peace Prize acceptance remarks, click here. The comments were read in Oslo, Norway by Secretary of State Herbert Pierce, who accepted the Prize on behalf of the President -- and who represented the US government in Portsmouth during the Portsmouth Peace Treaty negotiations in 1905.
In his 1913 Autobiography, TR had this to say about the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize:
"As a result of the
For President Roosevelt's own Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, presented in Oslo in May 1910, click here.