Role in ending a war
Marker unveiled in honor of Portsmouth Peace Treaty
Portsmouth Mayor Eric Spear rings the bell to mark the anniversary of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty signing, which took place on Sept. 5, 1905, ending the Russo-Japanese War. A historical marker was also unveiled on Pleasant Street detailing the citizen diplomacy that helped make the treaty negotiations a success. (GRETYL MACALASTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
But a new historical marker unveiled Thursday, Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day statewide, will ensure all future visitors have the opportunity to learn about the citizen diplomacy that helped accomplish peace.
“What grabs people about the Treaty of Portsmouth is local people being able to impact international events,” Doleac said.
In 2010, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a bill marking Sept. 5 as Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day, making it the sole example of a state honoring its citizens for the active role they played in fostering successful international negotiations.
There are about 40 such markers across the city highlighting different parts of its history. Portsmouth Mayor Eric Spear said at the unveiling that markers are added periodically, based on the budget.
This past April, a group of Portsmouth High School students traveled to their sister city in Nichinan, Japan to stay with host families and learn about the country and its culture.
Kevin Wade, 17, said students in Japan seemed more informed about the peace treaty than students in New Hampshire, because of the important role it played in that nation’s history.
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