Peace Treaty of Portsmouth: Spiritual Perspective - May 31, 2012 |
Filmmaker Don Alusic believes that faith and prayers contributed to the success of the 1905 Portsmouth Peace Treaty between Russia and Japan and that "spirituality also is an essential element in resolving conflict and attaining peace in our world today."
For information about ordering fine art prints of this Treaty Centennial symbol, and other commemorative items, click here.
To join the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire online, 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.
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To learn nore, the following books are available, click here to order:
Heroes & Friends: Behind the Scenes of the Treaty of Portsmouth by Michiko Nakanishi
Also available, click here for ordering:
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.
Powerful Graphic Created by Richard Haynes, Jr.
· 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 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
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
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 ###