This collection contains interviews detailing the formation and peace activism of the Missoula Women for Peace group in Missoula, Montana. The interviews were conducted in 2000 by Dawn Walsh. The interviewees discuss how growing up during World War Two and experiencing the Vietnam War prompted them to form or join Missoula Women for Peace. They describe the group’s activities between 1970 and 2000, detail their personal philosophies on war and peace, and offer their opinions on how to achieve lasting world peace. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 389 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 12 interviews.
Alexandrine Sandra Perrin
Alexandrine "Sandra" Perrin begins by talking about her childhood and education in France, and the political turmoil there during that time. She describes her move to the United States, and her and her husband’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago and San Diego. ... Read More
Alice Campbell describes growing up in Missoula, Montana, and the experiences that shaped her views on war and peace. She discusses Jeannette Rankin, her Missoula Women for Peace-initiated statue in Washington D.C, and the origins and early actions of MWP. She considers the possibility of ... Read More
Claudia Brown describes how growing up in Butte, Montana, and experiencing the Vietnam War, prompted her involvement in the peace movement. She discusses Missoula Women for Peace, the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, the League of Women Voters, and the Women’s International League for Peace and ... Read More
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 ... Read More
Jacquelyn Elaine McGiffert
Jacquelyn "Jackie" McGiffert describes her childhood in Pennsylvania, her father and his experience during World War One, her own experience working in a war plant during World War Two in between semesters of college, and her attitudes toward war. She discusses her decision to move ... Read More
Jean Pfeiffer discusses growing up in British Columbia, Canada, with her socialist mother and conservative bank manager father. She talks about attending the University of British Columbia, getting married, and moving to Missoula, Montana. Pfeiffer describes her involvement with the Missoula Peace Group in 1963 ... Read More
Lois Hove describes how the events of World War Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iran-Contra affair affected her life and her decision to become involved in the peace movement. She recalls traveling with a Lutheran church group to Mexico and Central ... Read More
Mary Taylor describes growing up in Canada with her twin brother and pacifist father, attending church, and sending care packages to German families who were being bombed during World War Two. She discusses moving to Missoula, Montana, writing letters to Senator Mike Mansfield, and joining ... Read More
May MacDonald describes the events that prompted her to join the Missoula Peace Group in 1963, the first of its kind formed in the state of Montana. She then discusses the formation of the Missoula Women for Peace in 1970 and its first year of ... Read More
Florence Chessin, Alice Campbell, May MacDonald, Valerie Clubb, Mary Taylor, Sandra Perrin, Lois Hove, Jean Pfeiffer, and Jackie McGiffert
Missoula Women for Peace members each describe how they became involved in the organization.
Nancy Erickson describes her childhood, her time living in Germany, and her move to Missoula. She talks about her involvement and her husband’s involvement in the University of Montana-Missoula at the beginning of the Vietnam War as well as their involvement in the peace group ... Read More
Valerie Clubb describes her family and her childhood, and she recalls moving from one place to another when she was growing up. She discusses her father, who was involved in the oil industry and just narrowly missed the drafts for both World Wars One and ... Read More