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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

New Opportunities: Europe America Space Flight 500


In 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Union signaled the end of the Cold War and changed the landscape of...

Amerika: Entertainment or Propaganda?


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

Seattle Peace Chorus


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

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...

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...

Beyond Economics: Marine Resources Company International

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During the Cold War era, Seattle was uniquely equipped to engage in Cold War peace activism. Examples such as the...

Seattle Jewish Human Rights and Peace Activist Groups

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On the map above, there are several marked places that represent the locations where Jewish human rights groups protested Soviet...