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Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Exhibit Opens

Portsmouth NH (July 28, 2005) --  The new exhibit, “An Uncommon Commitment to Peace: Portsmouth Peace Treaty 1905” will hold its Grand Opening Reception on August 7th from 5:30 to 7 pm  in the new galleries of the Portsmouth Historical Society's exhibit space at the John Paul Jones House in Portsmouth. The Museum is open 11 am to 5 pm daily and tickets are $8 for adults.

The exhibit offers a complete retelling of the story of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty. Stories that have never been told before, images and artifacts assembled from public and private collections, and illuminating original research bring the story of the resolution of the Russo-Japanese War into dramatic focus. Indeed, before the assembly of this particular presentation, the events of the Summer of 1905 were not clearly understood for what they were: one of the earliest demonstrations of how ordinary citizens can have extraordinary influence on world events. Portsmouth's “uncommon commitment to peace” that played out on a multitude of stages is today recognized as multi-track diplomacy, the preferred model for 21st century negotiations. This exhibit demonstrates how day by day, for the thirty days Sergius Witte, Jutaro Komura and their delegations were in Portsmouth, the threads of formal diplomacy, informal diplomacy and back-channel negotiations gradually intertwined in a mesh that held the peace process together until all the issues were resolved and the Treaty was signed.

Curated by Hayato Sakurai and researched by Peter Randall, Charles Doleac, Richard Candee and countless others, this exhibit is not only the focal point of the Centennial Celebration. “This exhibit is a significant addition to the scholarship on the subject of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and a touchstone for the vast amount of information now assembled in the libraries and permanent collections of the region,” said Charles Doleac, Co-Chairman of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee.  ”The information contained in the exhibit and on the permanent website, www.portsmouthpeacetreaty.com is so detailed that The Library of Congress is in the process of recognizing us as an important resource for the topic. This achievement is the lasting legacy of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee and the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire which made the website, the Exhibit and future traveling versions of the exhibit possible through a grant from the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation.” For more information on the exhibit and the Centennial celebrations taking place through October, visit www.portsmouthpeacetreaty.com. ###

For a month's view Calendar, click here.

The Japan-America Society is the 501c3 nonprofit that supports the efforts of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum. To join, click here.

© Richard Haynes
Haynes Images

For information about ordering fine art prints of this Treaty Centennial symbol, and other commemorative items, click here.

For information about the Russia Society of New Hampshire, write to
PO Box 177
Concord NH 03302-0177

For a Russian-language description of the Treaty exhibit click here.

For the Russian-language Library of Congress description of the Treaty of Portsmouth, click here.


 News and Links

To learn nore, the following books are available:

Heroes & Friends: Behind the Scenes of the Treaty of Portsmouth by Michiko Nakanishi

There Are No Victors Here: A Local Perspective on the Treaty of Portsmouth by Peter E. Randall

Also available:

An Uncommon Commitment to Peace Exhibit Catalogue published by the Japan-America Society of NH

Blessed Are the Peacemakers: The Service of Thanksgiving for the Portsmouth Treaty, September 5, 1905 by Marina Grot Turkevich Naumann

Original 1905 newsreel footage on DVD

Treaty of Portsmouth 1905-2005 book of reproduction historical postcards.

The Portsmouth Peace Process: Guide for Teachers by Northeast Cultural Coop

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail

For hours, directions, details on the Portsmouth Historical Society museum where the Portsmouth Peace Treaty exhibit is displayed, click here.

For hours, directions, details on Strawbery Banke Museum and the Shapiro House, owned by one of the founders of Temple Israel who figured in the Treaty citizen diplomacy, click here.

For information about Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Building 86 where the formal negotiations were held. click here.

For more information about Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, where both delegations stayed, click here.

For more information about Green Acre Bahai School and Sarah Farmer's commitment to the peace process, click here.

The Portsmouth Public Library maintains an micorfilm archive of local newspapers and an index of the relevant Treaty reporting and other related materials. The archive of original newspapers, photographs and other documents is maintained by the Portsmouth Athenaeum.



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