Florence "Flo" Chessin Interview

Florence Chessin


Florence Chessin briefly discusses growing up in Columbus, Ohio, attending high school during World War Two, and getting married shortly after the war ended. She describes living in Missoula, Montana, as a young mother and helping found the Missoula Peace Group in 1963 in response to the escalation of the Vietnam War and increased military recruitment in area schools. She talks about Missoula Women for Peace, its formation in 1970, the primary goals of the group, and the activities it planned including fundraisers, potlucks, and lectures. Chessin concludes by reflecting on her own children’s level of involvement with the peace movement and on the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.