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Glasnost & Goodwill: Citizen Diplomacy in the Northwest

At the height of the Cold War, citizens in Washington State took action toward peace. During a time when families built backyard bomb shelters, school children practiced emergency response for nuclear attack, and nations stockpiled missiles, fellow Northwesterners worked together to create people-to-people connections across borders and ideologies. They established the very first U.S.-Soviet sister city organization (Seattle/Tashkent), conceived and implemented the international Goodwill Games, worked together in the aerospace and the fishing industries, and climbed the highest mountain in the name of peace.

Presented by the Washington State Historical Society, Glasnost & Goodwill: Citizen Diplomacy in the Northwest dives deep into how citizen diplomacy in our region contributed to the thawing of the Cold War. This short film shares some of those stories.

See the exhibition on view at Washington State History Museum through January 21, 2018. Stories are brought to life through compelling photographs, rare videos, fascinating oral histories, and authentic artifacts that trace the rise of grassroots diplomacy in the region from the early 1930s to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and beyond.

Glasnost & Goodwill is made possible by Kay Bullitt, the Turner Foundation, Inc., Alaska Airlines Foundation, Wally Pereyra, Jay Platt, Bruce McCaw, Stowe Talbot, Mike Scallon, Ed Parks, and the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.


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