Stories from the Cold War...

During the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, the Pacific Northwest was home to an outpouring of citizen diplomacy, peace activism, and cultural exchange, directed towards building personal connections with the Soviet Union and reducing the risks of war.

This website is part of an ongoing project, based at the University of Washington, to preserve and retell some of the stories from this rich history of grass-roots, person-to-person action.

Featured Exhibits

Educational Exchanges: Accent on Understanding's Impact on the Future

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Accent on Understanding was a non-profit, 501(c)(3)-designated organization in Washington from 1987 to the early 2000s that facilitated teacher and...

Seattle Peace Chorus


The mission of the Seattle Peace Chorus is to communicate through music the desire for a just and peaceful world;...

Seattle Peace Activism

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A Seattle peace activist group travels to Tashkent to advocate for peace and unity during the Cold War. However, this...

The Goodwill Games and the Political Climate of the Cold War Era


How the Cold War political climate created the Goodwill Games and the inescapable nature of politics in the time period.

Public Tenacity: Give Peace a Dance


Background: In 1983, a new push from Seattle peace activists emerged in order to resolve geopolitical tensions between the Soviet Union...

Amerika: Entertainment or Propaganda?


In 1987, ABC produced a miniseries entitled, Amerika. The plot of the show revolved around three major characters, all of...

Life Over Trident: The Bangor Submarine Protests


During the 1970s and 1980s the arrival of submarines armed with nuclear Trident missiles at the naval base in Bangor,...