"The Peace Quilts" description of two quilts produced in Oregon for the Soviet Union


"The Peace Quilts" description of two quilts produced in Oregon for the Soviet Union


This document describes two peace quilts created in Oregon as gifts for the Soviet Union. The Vose Quilt, created by students of Vose Elementary School in Beaverton, Oregon, was one of two matching quilts created for U.S. President Regan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. The Oregon Peace Quilt, created by the Forest Grove Stitchery Group, was created to "demonstrate to the women of the Soviet Union, especially, that the women of the U.S.A. stood for friendship and peace". See also PUA_MS147_116, PUA_MS147_125, PUA_MS147_126 for images of the quilts. This is one of a collection of digitized objects from the Les AuCoin Papers (MS.147) at the Pacific University Archives. It originally appeared in an AuCoin family scrapbook documenting U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright's visit to Spain, the Soviet Union, and the Federal Republic of Germany in April 1987. The congressional delegation included Representative Les AuCoin and his wife Sue. Other members of congress on the trip included Tony Coelho, Dick Cheney, Jim Howard, Les Aspin, John Paul Hammerschmidt, Jim Scheuer, Lawrence Coughlin, Ralph Regula, Carrol Hubbard, Tom Downey, Norm Dicks, Wes Watkins, Mickey Leland, Steny Hoyer, Esteban Torres, and Sherwood Boehlert. The AuCoin family loaned the scrapbook to Pacific University Archives in 2022 for digitization, and the scrapbook remains with the AuCoin family.

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United States--Relations--Soviet Union
Legislators--United States
Friendship quilts


Beaverton, Oregon
Forest Grove, Oregon
Soviet Union