The Japan-America 
Society of New Hampshire

NH Humanities Talk: Milford NH & Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize

  • 16 Nov 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Sq. Milford NH

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.

NH Humanities Council speaker Charles B. Doleac, founder/moderator of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum,  presents 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. 

 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.

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