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Portsmouth Peace Treaty Annuversary Committee unveils Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail

Website: www.portsmouthpeacetreaty.com
Portsmouth NH (June 2005) -- Members of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee have spent the past several months researching details on the sites that played important roles in the events of August and September 1905. Committee co-chairmen, Peter Bowman and Charles Doleac, have detailed a timeline of the events that brought the peace conference to Portsmouth and a day-by-day account of the formal/informal diplomacy and private events so people can learn how “an uncommon commitment to peace became a common virtue”in Portsmouth in 1905. They and historians Richard Candee (Trustee of the Portsmouth Historical Society) and Peter Randall (author of There Are No Victors Here: A Local Perspective on the Treaty of Portsmouth) have added details from the key sites in 1905, using original newspaper reports, diaries and letters from event participants, to bring them to life for modern visitors. The Committee recently offered a preview of how those sites formed the backdrop in 1905 and are the foundation of Centennial events in several ways:

• The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail -- visits many of the important sites of those 30 days in August 1905 and follows in the footsteps of Witte, Komura, their attaches and hosts to demonstrate how the people of Portsmouth helped create the atmosphere for peace and reconciliation through what today is called multi-track diplomacy..

• Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail Map -- is the focal point of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Centennial exhibit at the John Paul Jones House Museum and is also being reproduced as self-guided map that allows visitors to walk, drive (and even kayak) the paths of multi-track diplomacy

• Signage on key sites -- lets passersby know of their significance along the Peace Treaty Trail

• Centennial Event Venues -- where several re-enactments and celebrations will take place this summer.

The map's creators, Eliza and Herb McClennen of MAPSatWORK, Inc. and Bob Byrnes at Lightship Design, have included many historical photographs and postcard images of the sites as they looked at the time of the Treaty negotiations, thanks to the extensive photograph collection of the Treaty archives at the Portsmouth Athenaeum, Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth Historical Society and private collections. Bob Byrnes and curator Hayato Sakurai are also working on maximizing the visual impact of the map in the exhibit by incorporating the actual images from 1905, along with artifacts such as the chair used by Baron Komura in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard conference chambers, a pen he used to sign the Treaty in the exhibit, and other rare items made available from private collections. All of the work on the map, exhibit and developing the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail is being funded by the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire with a grant from the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation. Additional support comes from the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism, the Otto Fund of the Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation and a host of other programs and foundations providing resources to the community organizations participating in the Centennial celebration. Many of the sites on the Peace Treaty Trail are hosting special events this summer, including: • Downtown “Portsmouth Welcoming Parade,” created by the New Hampshire National Guard on August 6th, re-creating the Governor's Welcome Parade in August 1905; • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard receptions for visiting dignitaries on August 6th and September 5th, in commemoration of its role as the site of formal negotiations in 1905. • Elizabeth Perkins House (Old York Historical Society) exhibits reconstruct the garden party held for the Russian and Japanese delegations in 1905 in photos and artifacts; • Green Acre Baha'i School Peace Flag-raising and re-enactment of the August 31, 1905 garden party attended by the Japanese • Wentworth By the Sea Hotel Centennial Brunch with the Nevers' 2nd Regiment Band on September 4th (open to the public). The hotel is also hosting the Governor's Dinner on August 6th, and the Mayor's Centennial Tea and the State Dinner for visiting dignitaries on September 5th. Both delegations stayed at the hotel throughout the negotiations in 1905, as the guests of the Frank Jones estate.

For the latest Calendar of events, visit www.portsmouthpeacetreaty.com.

Librsary of Congress Recognizes Portsmouth Peace Treaty Website

Website: www.portsmouthpeacetreaty.com
Portsmouth NH – The Library of Congress has identified the website of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty, www.portsmouthpeacetreaty.com as an important resource for information and further study on the Treaty. The Library of Congress has placed the PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.com site at the top of its list of links (http://memory.loc.gov/intldl/mtfhtml/mfrelmat/mfrmweb.html) for the value of its “educational content and wide accessibility,” In the keynote address at the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Centennial dinner on September 5th, Library of Congress historian David J. Norlander, Ph.D. outlined the Library’s own site covering the Russo-Japanese War, “The Meeting of the Frontiers” and commended the creators of the Portsmouth site saying “If all politics is local; then all history is local, too.” Dr. Norlander noted the value of local efforts in preserving history important to the nation. “Sites such as this make the information scattered among libraries or collections it might take months or years to visit accessible. The Library of Congress takes great interest in research that is ably done locally. One discovers great things in sharing these resources.” According to Dr. Norlander, members of the Library of Congress staff, up to and including the Librarian of Congress, have taken great interest in the PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.com website, its interactive map of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail, and calendar of Centennial celebrations taking place on the Seacoast. “It clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of local efforts,” he said. “Information such as the intensive role played by local citizens is only available at the local level. It gives context and depth to the resources we have received from the Russians, and the soon to be online-archived Teddy Roosevelt papers.” Dr. Norlander’s interest in the Portsmouth Peace Treaty stems from his professional expertise in Russian history. After receiving a Ph.D. in Russian history, David J. Nordlander has continued to pursue research on the topic of Pacific Russia. His focus has been the history of Siberia, the Russian Far East, and Alaska. As a secondary field of interest, he has studied the history of China and Japan and their interrelationships with Russia in the Far East. Following graduate studies, Dr. Nordlander won a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University from the Davis Center for Russian Studies. He has published many articles on Siberian and Alaskan history, and has translated or edited two books relating to Siberia. Currently, he is the historian for an Internet project, the “Meeting of Frontiers,” at the Library of Congress on the history of Asiatic Russia and Alaska.

In honor of the centennial of the Portsmouth Peace Conference, the Library of Congress has recently added significant new photographic, manuscript, and other archival material from Russia and the United States to this Web site concerning the Russo-Japanese War and the Treaty of Portsmouth. The PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.com website was made possible by a grant from the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire funded by the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation. Original research, writing and materials compiled in the site were provided by Peter Randall, Charles Doleac and Richard Candee. The History portion of the site was designed and constructed by Grace Peirce while the overall design and functionality was created by Harbourlight Productions. The color maps were produced by Eliza McClennen and Herb Heidt, with color map design © MapWorks 2005. Historic images come from the Portsmouth Athenaeum, Portsmouth Historical Society, the CBD Collection and others. The website will continue to be updated with a current calendar of events, new research and other information about the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail, exhibit and school curriculum and will be a permanent resource for anyone interested in the Treaty. ###

Carey International launches Carey Alliance Network

Website: www.carey.com
Carey International Launches the Carey Alliance Network Carey revolutionizes chauffeured transportation reservation processes by fully disclosing service provider information

Washington DC (July 18, 2007) -- Carey International Inc. is cementing its position as the only true global chauffeured transportation brand through the launch of the Carey Alliance Network and a major change in its business practices. The Carey Alliance Network is an extended network of trusted partners that operates in locations outside of the 250 major business centers worldwide serviced by Carey branded franchise operations. In a first for the industry, Carey has provided clear identification of these operators, and has branded the network of providers under the Carey Alliance name. The Carey Global Franchise Network and the Carey Alliance Network combined offers service in 550 Cities, and 65 Countries worldwide.

Carey customers now are informed when booking services whether they will be serviced by a Carey branded operation, or a partner company in the Carey Alliance Network. It is common practice in the chauffeured services industry for companies to claim that they have a worldwide network and not to disclose to the customers when services are outsourced to an affiliate company.

“Carey is the leader in the chauffeured transportation industry with over eighty years of knowledge and expertise in providing comprehensive solutions to our clients,” said Gary Kessler, Carey President & CEO. “Our global corporate clients naturally assume complete information is always provided, so by providing information regarding the Carey Global Franchise Network and The Carey Alliance Network on every booking, we are definitely meeting that need.”

Carey will debut a new advertising campaign, “A World of Difference” in conjunction with its participation in the National Business Travel Association International Convention & Exposition in Boston, July 22-25.

For more information about The Carey Difference, visit www.carey.com or call 800-336-4646.

About Carey International Carey International is the world's premier provider of limousine services and luxury ground transportation with locations in over 550 cities and 65 countries. Since 1921, the Carey brand has represented uncompromising reliability and impeccable professionalism, safety, security and quality. Carey provides a full range of chauffeured services, including luxury airport limousine services as well as transportation for road shows, special events, and tours. Certified professional chauffeurs, a state-of-the-art fleet of luxury vehicles and an industry-leading quality assurance program, set the standard for luxury limousine and executive car services. Carey also has the only Meeting and Events division in the chauffeured transportation industry, providing end-to-end event transportation and meeting management services including planning, logistics, on-site coordination and centralized billing. For more information, please visit www.carey.com

Wentworth By the Sea Named to 2010 Conde Nast Traveler "Gold List"

Website: www.wentworth.com
New Castle (Portsmouth), New Hampshire (December 2009) – Wentworth has made the annual Conde Nast Traveler “Gold List of the World’s Best Places to Stay” (January 2010 issue) for the second year in a row.

Based on a survey of over 25,000 of the magazine’s readers, the list highlights hotels, resorts and cruise lines around the world. According to the editors, the Gold List contains “the cream of the crop… a compendium of properties as reliable as [gold] bullion itself.” Wentworth By the Sea, which received “Newcomer” designation in last year’s Gold List, is one of just 151 Gold List properties in the United States for 2010.

Wentworth By the Sea Hotel & Spa is one of just two New Hampshire hotels on the list. The hotel received an overall score of 86.6 (up slightly from 86.4 last year) out of 100, with a score of 88.8 for location, 88.2 for rooms and 83.4 for food. Conde Nast Traveler magazine has a worldwide circulation of 800,000 readers.

The “Gold List” nod adds to the distinctions Wentworth has received. In January 2009 National Geographic Traveler named Wentworth to its first-ever “Stay List” – a collection of hotels that maintained an “authentic sense of place” and then followed up the theme in October by naming Portsmouth as one of just 6 of the “world’s most historic places” in the US with that same unique and distinctive ambience.

“For Wentworth By the Sea, location – particularly our seacoast location in the midst of a historic destination that draws so many visitors – is important, but it is also important that we deliver the best experience possible to our guests,” said General Manager Frank Wetenkamp. “When we earn recognition like the Gold List, we look at the scores for service and our food because those are the things we create as a team and those are the things that will bring our guests back. These honors are our report card and I congratulate everyone who has a part in keeping our ratings high”

A perfect time for sampling the food that Gold List reviewers found so wonderful is Wentworth By the Sea’s Annual Winter Wine Festival. For details, visit www.WinterWineFestival.com. For more information on the hotel and special packages, go to www.Wentworth.com

DF Richard Energy makes $50,000 donation to Children's Museum Campaign

Website: www.childrens-museum.org
Portsmouth NH (September 13, 2007) – D.F. Richard Energy of Dover has pledged a lead donation of $50,000 to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to fund the art and science creativity area in the new museum location in downtown Dover, opening in the summer of 2008. One of the Museum’s most-anticipated spaces, the new area will give children and activity leaders the space to fully explore their imaginations, learn new concepts and create experiments and art works that give them hands-on experience with the ideas they are learning.

In making the announcement, Peter Hamblett, chairman of the Children’s Museum Capital Campaign Committee noted that D.F. Richard has anchored the community for generations, just as the Museum hopes to anchor the downtown renaissance for the benefit of current and future generations. As contributors to the early phase of the Museum’s capital campaign, D. F. Richard timed the announcement to coincide with the placement of a sign in front of the Museum’s new home in the Butterfield Building announcing that it will be “Opening Summer 2008.”

“We pride ourselves on our heritage of uncompromising neighborly service and this contribution to the Children’s Museum, which is a large donation for the company, is an expression of that participation in our community,” said Robert Richard, President of D.F. Richard. “Generations of customers have come to rely on D.F. Richard since the early days when “Danny” Richard delivered kerosene to local homeowners. We hope this gift will benefit many future generations of the families in the Seacoast and beyond.”

“D.F. Richard has expressed to us how important our move to Dover is to the community,” said Hamblett. “The placement of the sign that proclaims that we will open here, in 2008, is one more step towards that day, just under a year from now. The momentum is building, with generous corporate support from companies such as D. F. Richard moving us forward.”

About the Children’s Museum (www.childrens-museum.org) The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will open in 2008 with triple the exhibit, performance and classroom space, enhanced amenities, fully accessible resources and new exhibits to complement old favorites that have informed and entertained the 1.3 million visitors the Children’s Museum has welcomed since its founding 24 years ago. The Museum is the most-visited cultural attraction in the state, welcoming 97,000 visitors a year. Museum funding comes from admissions and from corporate partners, members, individual donors and foundations who support the Museum's mission and accomplishments. These resources provide the solid financial footing that also allows the Museum to reach out to the under-served throughout the region. Winner of the Governor’s Award for Cultural Access Leadership, the “Museum To You” program has brought free, interactive exhibits to 13 of New Hampshire’s most under-served communities. Last fall, the NH Department of Education chose The Children’s Museum of Portsmouth to lead its 21st Century Learner Program, designed to provide structured after-school activities for kids in at-risk schools throughout the state. This fall the program will be offered in Gorham and Berlin, New Hampshire.

About D. F. Richard Energy D.F. Richard Energy was founded in Dover, New Hampshire in 1932. Today, the Richard family company has grown from its humble origins to become one of the area's premier regional suppliers of heating oils, propane gas, and complete heating services. Though D.F. Richard Energy supplies warmth and comfort to over 14,000 customers, we have never lost the neighborly service and reliability that generations of customers have come to expect and rely on. D.F. Richard Energy's success is based on our principles of providing quality service. It's no wonder our motto is "Whenever you need us, we're on our way."

Nobel Peace Prize Commemoration celebrates

Portsmouth NH (December 31, 2006) – The year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 became an opportunity to recognize a TR little remembered – the President who wielded not “a big stick” but instead used the good diplomatic offices of a powerful nation in the interest of peace.

At the commemoration event on December 10, 2006 – one hundred years to the day on which the Norwegian Nobel Institute presented the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize to President Roosevelt -- a group of citizens in Portsmouth, New Hampshire presented an official replica of the Nobel Peace Prize to the commander of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, that hosted the formal negotiations between Russia and Japan and 1905 and today operates a Treaty Rooms Museum in the building where the negotiations took place.

In presenting the replica medal, Charles B. Doleac, co-chairman of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Anniversary Committee and founder of the Japan-American Society of New Hampshire which hosted the commemoration, read a letter from Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. The letter said, in part, “We are honored that you are celebrating the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Theodore Roosevelt. The basis for the committee’s decision was stated in the presentation address as ‘President Roosevelt’s happy intervention to terminate the bloody war recently waged between two Great Powers, Japan and Russia.’ Roosevelt took strong interest in the peaceful solution of disputes along several different lines. When I visited the White House a few years ago, I was pleased to see Roosevelt’s peace prize medal prominently displayed in the Roosevelt Room right across the hall from the Oval Office.”

After commenting on the symbolism of the room where the Nobel commemorative event took place – the original ballroom at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel where the Japanese delegation welcomed their Russian colleagues to a celebratory feast on September 4, the night before the Treaty was signed -- Mr. Doleac introduced guest speakers Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, Theodore Roosevelt Association President Dr. Cathal Nolan, Portsmouth Shipyard Commander Captain Jon Iverson and Consul General Yoichi Suzuki of the Japanese Consulate in Boston by saying “Americans don’t like to read history, they prefer to celebrate it in a manner that is effective for the future.”

In his speech, Consul-General Suzuki noted that in 1905 Japan “made a wise decision to respond to Theodore Roosevelt’s offer to mediate” and that Japan’s lead diplomat in Portsmouth in 1905, Baron Jutaro Komura “sought the trust and confidence of Theodore Roosevelt” and ultimately succeeded “because of the trust between the players in their shared objectives.” The Consul General suggested that the United States and Japan, facing difficult issues in trying to achieve the shared fundamental objective of peace and stability in East Asia might “remind ourselves of the spirit of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty.”

Full details on the Nobel Peace Prize commemoration are posted on the PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.org website. The Japan-America Society of NH is now working with the New Hampshire Division of Records and Archives, the US State Department, the Library of Congress and the Norwegian Nobel Institute on several initiatives for 2007 including the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Legacy Project and a traveling version of its “An Uncommon Commitment to Peace” exhibit. For more information, www.PortsmouthPeaceTreaty.org ###

SeaBox Inc. Sends Relief Container to Haiti

Website: www.seabox.com
Includes ShelterPak for Converting Container to Housing

February 1, 2010 (Philadelphia/East Riverton NJ) --Sea Box, Inc., an ISO-certified shipping container manufacturing and modification company (www.seabox.com) is sending a container filled with relief supplies – including their ShelterPak for converting the container box into habitable housing – to Haiti. The aid was prompted by a company engineer, Werner Guerrier, a Haitian native with a large extended family in Carrefour, Port au Prince, Haiti who lost his sister and nephew in the earthquake.

In an effort to support their co-worker and other survivors of the earthquake, Sea Box employees have donated food, water and clothing and the owners of Sea Box have donated a 20 foot shipping container (and shipping) – complete with a ShelterPAK module already installed.

Sea Box created the “ShelterPAK” six years ago in response to demand for easily installed basic housing units for disaster areas. Designed to fit into a standard 20 foot shipping container, when installed, it turns a basic shipping container into a livable shelter.

The Sea Box container with ShelterPAK is destined for Carrefour, Mr. Guerrier’s hometown where the food, water and clothing will be distributed to JEBCA D’HAITI, an organization of the church M.E.B.S.H. de Cote-Plage, directed by Pastor Rev. Samson Dorilas. Sadly, 39 members of this church lost their lives, and many more lost their houses. JEBCA D’HAITI will be in charge of the distribution of all the items donated and intend to use the shelter as a medical treatment center.

“Sea Box has the ability to deliver 5,000 ShelterPAKs per week to Haiti where these kits can be easily inserted into the empty shipping containers currently sitting at the Port in Haiti. In the next six months aid to Haiti will be sent in an estimated 100,000 of the standard 20-foot cargo containers. Once unloaded, these same containers could serve as life-saving shelters with the installation of a ShelterPAK,” said Jim Brennan, Jr., President of Sea Box, Inc. “We at Sea Box thought the best way we could help Haiti – and our colleague – is to provide both supplies and the product and services we are best at – the efficient and economical use of containers. Our ShelterPAK makes the container itself useful once the supplies are distributed.”

Cargo containers have been used in other countries for emergency shelters. ShelterPAKs meet earthquake zone specifications and exceed the structural codes. They are sturdy, safe and economical (estimated $4,000 per ShelterPAK, installed) on a permanent site. They allow families to be back on their own land quickly and these families can also reconstruct their houses around the container making it a permanent emergency shelter at the core of their homes.

About Sea Box, Inc. (www.seabox.com) Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia (East Riverton NJ), with offices in Charleston, SC, Qingdao, China and Fyshwick, Australia, Sea Box was established in 1983 by current President Jim Brennan Jr. The company specializes in new design, modification and manufacture of ISO quality-certified containers for commercial and military applications such as personnel shelters, power generating stations, large computer data centers, interim housing units, mobile latrine-toilet-shower shelters, Coast Guard approved berthing vans and portable laboratories.

Portsmouth Named National Trust Distinctive Destination

Website: www.portsmouthhistory.org
Washington, D.C. (February 7, 2008) – Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Portsmouth, New Hampshire one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has annually selected communities across the United States that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and commitments to historic preservation, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place.

The elegant seaport of Portsmouth, the nation’s third oldest city, is one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country with a stimulating mix of historic buildings, sidewalk cafes, great restaurants, art galleries, jazz clubs and distinctive artisans’ boutiques. Radiating out from Portsmouth’s iconic North Church, streets bustle with activity.

The town brims with preserved historic sites including, seven National Historic Landmarks. From the striking selection of grand mansions, including the gabled former lodgings of renowned naval captain John Paul Jones to The Black Heritage Trail, a walking tour that traces the roots of African Americans in New Hampshire, Portsmouth is packed with history.

Among the town’s finest historic destinations is Strawbery Banke Museum, named after the earliest Portsmouth settlement. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Strawbery Banke captures 400 years of Portsmouth history through 35 original buildings and historic landscapes and gardens. Each building shows a slice of life from a bygone era, some permitting visitors to watch traditional craftsmen at work. Significantly, this site was rescued from poorly conceived urban renewal policies of the 1950s.

One of New England’s most cherished historic hotels —Wentworth by the Sea—is in close proximity to Portsmouth. Named to the Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Places List in 1996, this historic structure, which served as a hub for social, business and political luminaries from around the world since 1874, fell on hard times in the 1980s. Due to the Herculean efforts of a coalition of preservationists, community supporters and the non-profit Friends of the Wentworth an extensive renovation was executed. Today, with its stunning ocean views, this Victorian gem is a member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America and remains an enduring blend of gracious hospitality and 21st century convenience.

“Thanks to a longstanding commitment to historic preservation, Portsmouth, New Hampshire has never forgotten its sense of place,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “With its captivating blend of coastal beauty, historic buildings and lively downtown, there is something for every age and interest to experience.”

“Portsmouth is a place that is not only defined as a ‘Distinctive Destination’ by history, it is a place that helps define many aspects of the history of our nation, thanks to the blend of preservation and interpretation championed by so many active community groups,” said Margeurite Mathews, president of the Portsmouth Historical Society. “Since our earliest days, the Portsmouth Historical Society has been dedicated both to preserving our history and to telling Portsmouth’s stories along with the city’s other historic homes, museums and sites. As we move into 2008 with a new gateway that preserves two historic downtown buildings and provides an interpretive center for visitors, this wonderful recognition by the Trust helps us bring those stories to an ever-wider audience."

Settled in 1623 at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth grew largely on its strength as a major shipbuilding center and fishing community. Four fires in the first half of the 1800s led the residents to build with brick, creating an extraordinary legacy of 19th century architecture. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt chose Portsmouth to host America’s first peace conference to end a war between two foreign powers and earned the Nobel Peace Prize for the resulting Treaty of Portsmouth.

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