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  • 27 Oct 2016 10:47 AM | Stephanie Seacord (Administrator)

    The Milford Historical Society presents a special program in November to take a closer look at the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and its historical connections with Milford’s John McLane, Governor of New Hampshire in 1905.

    On Wednesday November 16 at 7 pm, the organization welcomes NH Humanities Council speaker Charles B. Doleac, founder/moderator of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum, to present a program describing President Theodore Roosevelt’s multi-track diplomacy that included the Russian and Japanese delegations, the US Navy and the New Hampshire citizens who hosted the thirty days of negotiations that resulted in the Portsmouth Peace Treaty. Theodore Roosevelt received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 – 110 years ago – for orchestrating the negotiations that ended what historians now call “World War Zero,” the Russo-Japanese War. 

    Hosted at the Milford Historical Society at 6 Union Street in Milford NH, the program is a NH Humanities Council “Humanities To Go” selection and is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the illustrated talk. For more information on the program, contact the Society at 603-673-3385.

    Mr. Doleac will explain the significance of the role local citizens, including Governor John McLane who with the NH Executive Council were the official hosts of the peace conference held in August of 1905. Though the formal negotiations were held at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the Governor, then-Secretary of State Edward Nathan Pearson and many other prominent New Hampshire business and political leaders played in welcoming the Japanese and Russian diplomatic delegations to the state.

    Mr. Doleac, senior partner with Boynton Waldron Doleac & Scott PA in Portsmouth, is the author of An Uncommon Commitment to Peace: Portsmouth Peace Treaty 1905, the definitive history on the 30 days of the peace conference deliberations in Portsmouth. Co-founder of the Japan-America Society of NH, Atty. Doleac received the NH Bar Association’s Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year Award in 2015 and in 2011, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, conferred by the Japanese Government, for his “outstanding contributions to international understanding,” both in recognition of his Portsmouth Peace Treaty work.

    To learn more about the Treaty, scheduling an exhibit, NH Humanities Council lecture or other programs, visit www.PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.com or contact Charles Doleac, cdoleac@nhlawfirm.com, 603-436-4010.

  • 27 Oct 2016 10:46 AM | Stephanie Seacord (Administrator)

    On September 5, 1906 – 110 years ago – Portsmouth celebrated the first Peace Treaty Day, with church bells ringing for a half hour at morning, noon and night. This year, the Seacoast (and beyond) celebrates Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day on September 5th with the ringing (for three minutes) of church bells, school bells.

    The celebration of Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day is underscored by  the 2016 Governor’s Proclamation of Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day, established by unanimous vote by the NH Legislature in 2010: that in 1905 “an uncommon commitment to peace became a common virtue” as "citizen diplomacy" -- the involvement of local people -- significantly contributed to the favorable outcome of the negotiations that earned President Roosevelt the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize;  that New Hampshire is the sole example of a state honoring its citizens for the active role they played in fostering successful international negotiations, and that the residents of New Hampshire [should] observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities commemorating this important part of New Hampshire history.

    Portsmouth Peace Treaty Living Memorial cherry tree sites  in Dublin, Hanover, Lancaster, Meredith and Manchester also participate in the bell-ringing. In Concord, a Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day program in the Red River Theatre includes a short peace concert by Alex Cook, singer, songwriter and muralist; a screening of “The Peace Treaty of Portsmouth: A Spiritual Perspective and a reading of the Governor’s Proclamation and bell ringing at 3:47 pm.

    In Portsmouth, bells ring for three minutes  at 3:47 pm immediately following a memorial salute from the Shipyard – at the exact moment the Treaty was signed 111 years ago. The public is welcome to the ceremony at the Treaty historic marker outside the Piscataqua Savings Bank and Judge Calvin Page memorial (15 Pleasant Street) for the reading of the Governor’s Proclamation of Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day by Governor Maggie Hassan, followed by the bell-ringing.

    The Market Square event will include representatives from the Portsmouth Public Schools, including some of the homestay exchange students who visited Nichinan, Japan (Portsmouth’s Sister City).  In Nichinan, representatives from the Mayor’s Office and schoolchildren from Nichinan Gakuen Jr-Sr High School will also ring bells on September 5th to commemorate Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day.

    For more information, visit PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.org

  • 27 Oct 2016 10:44 AM | Stephanie Seacord (Administrator)

    The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum welcomes the return of Harvard's Graham Allison and The Brookings Institution's Fiona Hill for a program, "Reconsidering the Trilateral Cooperation Study: Relationships Between Japan, Russia and the US." A discussion of their research, presented in a Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum in 1995, considers where Russia-Japan, Russia-US and US-Japan relationships stand, on the eve of the Presidential election. The free program, at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel on November 2nd at 6 pm celebrates the 110th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize for orchestrating the Portsmouth Peace Treaty.

    Graham Allison is Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. As "Founding Dean" of the modern Kennedy School, under his leadership from 1977 to 1989, a small, undefined program grew twenty-fold to become a major professional school of public policy and government. Dr. Allison served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans under President Clinton, where he coordinated DOD strategy and policy towards Russia, Ukraine, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. He was awarded the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, twice: first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry. He served as a member of the Defense Policy Board for Secretaries Weinberger, Carlucci, Cheney, Aspin, Perry and Cohen. Dr. Allison's first book, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971), was released in an updated and revised second edition (1999) and ranks among the all-time bestsellers with more than 450,000 copies in print. His latest book (2013), Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States and the World (2013, co-authored with Robert Blackwill), is ranked as a bestseller in the US and abroad.  His previous book, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, is now in its third printing and was selected by the New York Times as one of the "100 most notable books of 2004."

    Fiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, and has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues.  She has co-authored two books with Brookings Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy: The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold (2003) and Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (2013, revised and updated, 2015). Prior to joining Brookings, Hill was director of strategic planning at The Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1999, she held a number of positions directing technical assistance and research projects at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, including associate director of the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, director of the Project on Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, and coordinator of the Trilateral Study on Japanese-Russian-U.S. Relations. Hill holds a master’s in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. She also holds a master’s in Russian and modern history from St. Andrews University in Scotland, and has pursued studies at Moscow’s Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the board of trustees of The Eurasia Foundation.

    The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum was founded in 1994 to explore diplomatic themes “in the spirit of The Portsmouth Peace Treaty.” Since then, the Forum has hosted senior diplomats including Ambassadors Dennis Ross and Samantha Power.

    “When we commemorated the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s Nobel Peace Prize for orchestrating the Treaty peace conference, the director of the Nobel Peace Prize Institute in Oslo sent us congratulations for being the first to ever celebrate the anniversary of a Prize,” said Charles B. Doleac, Forum chairman and senior partner at Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott PA. “The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum makes connections between the history that happened In Portsmouth in 1905 to end the Russo-Japanese War, and the idea that citizen diplomacy is both possible and critical to the 21st century global community.”

    During the 110th Treaty anniversary last September the Consul General  of Japan in Boston and the Consul General of the Russian Federation joined the commemoration of the shared Russian, Japanese and American Treaty history – the first time in 110 years that Russian and Japanese diplomats had stood in the same room where they celebrated the peace in 1905.

    The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum supports ongoing research, the website PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.org, an exhibit in the John Paul Jones House Museum, a lecture series and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Living Memorial cherry trees around the state. To learn more, visit www.PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.com or contact Charles Doleac, cdoleac@nhlawfirm.com, 603-436-4010.

    Media contact: Stephanie Seacord, sseacord@lemd.com, 603-772-1835

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