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A century of peacemaking

Original post made on Jan 7, 2016

For more than a century, the members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) have worked dutifully to promote peace worldwide. WILPF's local legacy and continued work is the subject of an exhibit in residence at Rinconada Library.

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Posted by Judy Adams
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 7, 2016 at 10:21 am

I worked with a wonderful group of volunteers to do the exhibit, most notably Cherrill Spencer of Palo Alto who transformed the historical material into the attractive and informative panels of the exhibit, and Cybele LoVuolo-Bhushan who created the world map with vignettes of WILPF activities, Ruth Chippendale who helped install in Palo Alto's Rinconada Library (1213 Newell Road), and the library staff and patrons who were patient with our installation. WILPF's mini-grants program provided funding for the exhibit, the digitization at Palo Alto's Media Center of a 1983 slide show featuring the images and words of Palo Alto branch members' oral histories (on Web Link), and our fantastic local San Jose and Santa Cruz sister branches and Raging Grannies members. A video is also being made of the opening event celebration, which will be broadcast, including the inspiring presentations by WILPF members Millee Livingston (one of the original interviewees for the oral history project), and Leah Halper, who was a Stanford student at the time the oral histories were being collected. Contact our branch at [email protected] to get on our mailing list, receive our newsletter, find out more about the Women's Peace Oral history project and collection at Stanford's Archive of Recorded Sound, and get involved in work for peace and freedom and an end to war. Men are always welcome to join us!


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Posted by Judy Adams
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

I wanted to update information about a possible venue for the exhibit when it closes Jan. 23 at Rinconada. The Los Altos venue we were researching at the time the article was being written is not available to us, and we would welcome opportunities to install the exhibit in other locations on the peninsula, as well as opportunities to talk about the peace movement's past and current challenges at local schools and church groups, and show the 27 min. video with excerpts from oral histories done in the 1980's done with 90 women peace activists in WILPF and other peace groups in California, and in other states. Contact us at [email protected] with ideas about future sites of our WILPF Centennial exhibit.


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