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Portsmouth Peace Treaty Emblem Symbolizes Treaty Influences

Powerful Graphic Created by Richard Haynes, Jr.

Portsmouth NH -- The symbol of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty created by Richard Haynes, Jr. for the 100th anniversary remains as a graphic representation of the elements at play in Portsmouth in 1905. Richard Haynes, Jr., the Seacoast visual storyteller who was named the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Artist Fellow in 2003, created the design: a large dove bearing an olive branch, superimposed on the North Church bell tower and on the Russian and Japanese flags. It is an immediate and evocative symbol of the peace that was produced. But there are many subtleties incorporated in the image as well:

·             The flags are of equal size and rendered in their modern designs to suggest the enduring peace that lasted from the Treaty signing in 1905 through World War II, up to the last moments of the conflict in 1945.

·             The North Church tower is the symbol of Portsmouth -- even an icon of New Hampshire. In the design, the church tower contains a noticeable bell -- the bell that everyone in Portsmouth heard ringing on August 29th, 1905 when the news that peace had been achieved was announced. That bell rang again for 30 minutes on September 5th echoing the salute started at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard when the Treaty signing concluded at 3:47 pm. Each year, at the same moment on that date, a bell-ringing commemorates the signing. The tower and its bell symbolize the community within hearing of the bell, and the bells in steeples throughout the Seacoast that rang in answer to the news of peace.

·             The bell and the dove are gray -- US Navy battleship gray, specifically -- the bell, because the news of Peace and the Treaty signing were conveyed from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (where the Conference was formally conducted) to the churches; the dove, because President Theodore Roosevelt entrusted the security and protocol of the Peace conference to the Navy and the Shipyard.

·             In the dove's beak, representing Theodore Roosevelt, is an olive branch instead of a “Big Stick.” Many, including Henry Kissinger, consider Roosevelt to have been one of America's best diplomats; and TR was one of only three American Presidents to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Richard Haynes commented that he deliberately made the dove 'touch' every element of the design because he believes a spiritual element touched each participant in the peace conference -- the Russians, the Japanese, the Navy and the community under the steeple. “I don't know if they understood what was happening but if they had not had a spirit in their hearts, it would have taken another 100 years to accomplish their work,” he said. “I have approached every piece of art I have done for that past 16 years since I came to Portsmouth with a spiritual sense. The Zen Masters honor the 'I, who is awake' and that is what the true artist is, someone who is awake and observes when no one else is watching.”

High quality, artist's proof prints of the design are being sold to support ongoing research and documentation of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty history. For information, 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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