The 2005 Centennial Celebration was framed by an intensive calendar of events commemorating the day the Russian and Japanese delegates arrived in Portsmouth (August 8, 1905) and the day they signed the Treaty (September 5, 1905, 3:47 pm). Click here for details and photographs from the commemorative program that took place between August 6, 2005 and September 5, 2005, including:
A re-enactment of the Welcoming Reception for the delegates, hosted by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard under the command of Capt. Jon Iverson and including the officers and crew of the USS Ross, deployed on an offical port visit for the commemoration by the US Navy.
A re-enactment of the New Hampshire National Guard Welcoming Parade, organized by the New Hampshire Air National Guard under the command of Maj. Gen. Kenneth Clark, as a salute to the troops. Strawbery Banke hosted a picnic for the troops and their families at the end of the parade.
The State Dinner at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, host to the delegations in 1905. NH Governor John Lynch was the host for the evening and welcomed over 100 members of the NH State Legislature to the event which included a discussion among five New Hampshire Governors about "what it means to be from New Hampshire."
Lawn Party at Carey Creek Farm, re-creating the social events hosted at the farm for the Russian and Japanese delegations by the Carey Family. This event included a Pontine Theatre adaptation of Alida Carey's recollections of the events and music of the era performed by Richard Spicer and Thomas Gregg in the Creek Farm Music Room. A special program in the Little Harbor Chapel concluded the day.
Governor's Lawn Party at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, re-creating the reception held for Governor John McLane, official host for the peace conference, by the Coolidge Family in 1905.
100th Anniversary of the visit of the Japanese delegation to Green Acre on August 31 and Peace Flag Raising.
Service of Thanksgiving at First Episcopal Church, Bishop Gene Robinson presiding, re-created the service of Thanksgiving held at Christ Church in Portsmouth attended by Sergius Witte and other members of the Russian delegation immediately following the Treaty signing, Father Alexander Hotovitsky (later canonized as a martyr to the Russian Orthodox Church), presiding.
Commemorative program at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on September 5th that welcomed special guest, the Japanese Ambassador to the US, Ryozo Kato. The Shipyard conducted peace tree planting ceremonies, a Navy Band concert and a re-creation of the artillery salute celebrating the Treaty at 3:47 pm -- 100 years to the moment from the original signing.
Centennial Dinner at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, hosted by Governor Lynch who welcomed Ambassador Kato, David Norlander from the US Library of Congress who commended the ongoing research efforts, excerpts from Pontine Theatre's "The Peace of Portsmouth" and a concert of music from the Treaty era by Richard Spicer, Tom Gregg and Angelynne Hinson.
The Mayor's Centennial Tea at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, hosted by Portsmouth Mayor Evelyn Sirrell who welcomed delegates from Sister Cities of Nichinan, Japan (birthplace of Baron Komura) and Severodvinsk, Russia (home, like Portsmouth, to a nuclear outfitting shipyard).