The media constantly bombards us with news of domestic and foreign discord and violence. This landscape quilt honors sixteen Americans who sought peaceful resolutions to varied crises. The roses in the valley bear the likelinesses of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. These extraordinary men and women are the embodiment of Let There Be Peace On Earth And Let It Begin With ME.
1906-THEODORE ROOSEVELT-for negotiating peace in Russo-Japanese War.
1912-ELIHU ROOT-for settling problem of Japanese immigration to California and organizing the Central American Peace Conference.
1919-WOODROW WILSON-for attempting a just settlement of World War I and advocating the League of Nations.
1925-CHARLES DAWES-for originating a plan for German reparation payment.
1929-FRANK KELLOGG-for negotiating the Kellogg-Briand Pact which provides for renunciation of war as instrument of national policy.
1931-JANE ADDAMS-for work with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
NICHOLAS BUTLER-for work with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
1945-CORDELL HULL-for peace efforts as Secretary of State.
1946-EMILY BALCH-for work as President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
JOHN MOTT-for YMCA work and aiding displaced persons.
The following three Laureates received their honors in the 21st Century and are not included on the quilt which was completed in 1993.
2002-JIMMY CARTER-for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.
The release from the NORWEGIAN NOBEL COMMITTEE further states:
In a situation currently marked by threats of the use of power, Carter has stood by the principles that conflicts must as far as possible be resolved through mediation and international co-operation based on international law, respect for human rights, and economic development.
Oslo, 11 October 2002
2007- AL GORE (shared with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)-for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
2009- BARACK OBAMA-for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.