Thursday, May 21, 2015

WHo We aRe

     The PeaCe eCaMPMeNT HeRSToRy PRoJeCT is a non-profit, fully volunteer effort to record the oral herstories of women who visited, lived at, or helped organize the Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice; to collect, preserve and transfer to digital format, artifacts from WEFPJ; and to create and maintain an online archive of the same.
Estelle & Hershe on the road, summer 2005.
In the wake of the sudden death of a dear peace camp sister, former WEFPJ residents, Estelle Crone and hershe Michele (with input from robin earth and Andrea Doremus) began the Peace Encampment Herstory Project (PeHP) in 2005.  

     We realized that, as a singularly important phenomenon in the history of feminist and anti-nuclear activism in the United States, the peace encampment story could not be left to a handful of “experts” or traditional history in which the contributions of women in general, and lesbians in particular, were distorted, diminished or nonexistent.
     We realized as well, that just as WEFPJ’s consensus decision-making process valued every woman’s voice, it would take a village to tell the story of all that took place on that 52-acre farm in Seneca County, NY.
     With a few names of original organizers, a borrowed camcorder,
and invaluable advice from Act-up Oral Herstory Project founders Sarah Schulman and Jim Hubbard, Estelle and Hershe set off to record the project's first stories.
Within a year, they were joined by fellow peace campers Alice O’Malley and Laura Boswell Thornton and had met Judi Kelemen and Nancy Clover of the Women's Video Collective (WVC) - caretakers of more than 40 hours of footage and hundreds of photographs and slides of the encampment. In early 2008, documentary filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal generously donated their Brooklyn studio and equipment so that Estelle and Hershe could digitize the WVC collection.

Estelle, Nancy & Judi looking over a Women's Video Collective scrapbook, winter 2015.

    About this time, Estelle, Hershe and Judi met with curators at the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard and determined that once digitized, the entire PeHP collection would be added to the WEFPJ archive housed there.
    By now, peace campers Kim aka Samoa, Sita, and Billijo, and young herstory-minded feminist, Sera Brown, were working to varying degrees with the project, and in five years, 12 states and 32 cities, the project had 112 interviews. 
    With a resourcefulness honed at the peace camp, the PeHP effort has been thrifty - the thousands of hours of labor are unpaid, equipment is borrowed or donated, skills sets are self-taught and the web platform is free. With the exception of two grants totaling $3500, $1000 in in-kind donations, and $750 in individual donations, the project has been funded out of the pockets of women living below the poverty line.  

Selfie! Andrea, Estelle, Hershe, Dorothy & Alice (via iPad) meet in early March, 2015 to discuss Mother's Day events.
     As much as we are deeply grateful for all the levels of support and wonderful women (and two men) who have shared their stories for the project, and are honored to be a part of this work, we know there are many more stories to be told.
     If you've got a peace camp story to tell or artifacts for the digital/traditional archives, please contact
    Together we’re making herstory!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GaLLeRy 1996

Barbara Deming Walk 1996


Monday, May 04, 2015

HeRSToRy HaPPeNeD! May 8-10, 2015

ViDeoFeST, aRTiFaCT eXHiBiT & MuLTiMeDia GaLLeRy
to officially launch this here archive and celebrate its inclusion in the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice archives at the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard.

Free. Open to the public.

3-5:30 pm
PeaCe eNCaMPMeNT HeRSToRy PRoJeCT Wine & Cheese Reception
Radcliffe Room, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard
3 James St., Cambridge
3 pm - Signing of the Schlesinger Library Gift of Deed with comments by Schlesinger Executive Director Marilyn Dunn and Peace Encampment Herstory Project co-founders Estelle Coleman & hershe Michele Kramer.

3:30 pm - Presentation by former Women's Video Collective members Nancy Clover (PeHP  035), Judi Kelemen (PeHP 012 ), & Claire Beach (PeHP 011). 

4:30 pm - NYC artist and ecofeminist Helene Aylon (PeHP 043) will present "Dis-arming Metaphors," multimedia imagery of the performance-based work that led to her Seneca Army Depot installation. 


11 am-1 pm
Disarming the World--Pulling its Leg BRoaDCaST PeRFoRMaNCe
Copley Square, 560 Bolyston St., Boston

A radio play woven from the sounds of demonstrations, singing, chanting and interviews recorded by composer Sorrel Hays in her travels to women's peace camps in Europe and the U.S. 1983-1986. The central characters in the play, Manhattan pianist Patrilla and political activist Tanner are based loosely on Sorrel and a woman she met at the peace camp, Katy van Deurs. Script and original piano music by Sorrel. Sound by Marilyn Ries.

1-5 pm
Fires of Freedom aRTiFaCT eXHiBiT & MuLTiMeDia STReaMiNG GaLLeRy
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St.,  Boston

The Peace Encampment Herstory Project collection consisting of hundreds of photographs and slides, newspaper clippings, peace camp handbook/flyers/mailings/meeting minutes, published books, handcrafted wall hangings, original & replicated banners, and research from the peace camp's electromagnetic radiation committee will be on display.

5-7 pm
Like a Mountain ReMeMBeRiNG CeReMoNy
Commonwealth Avenue Mall between Fairfield and Gloucester Streets, Boston
We will be gathering at the Boston Women's Memorial with Phillis Wheatley, Lucy Stone & Abigail Adams to honor our feminist foremothers and acknowledge peace camp women who have died.

SUNDAY, May 10
1-5 pm
Rebel Wimmin ViDeoFeST
Regent Underground Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington (Alewife Station, Red Line to #350 Bus - MTBA)
(Line-up subject to change)

Every Woman Here: Remnants of Seneca 1982-2006 
Estelle Coleman, Alice O'Malley, hershe Michele, Kim Blacklock, Billijo Wolf, 2007; 32 minutes.
A nonlinear narrative documentary produced by the Peace Encampment Herstory Project of The Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice and its later incarnation, Women’s Peace Land. The video consists of excerpts from nine oral herstories and 18 songs and more than 300 images from dozens of photographers.

C.D., The Ritual of Civil Disobedience at Seneca Army Depot 
Sorrel Hays, Marilyn Ries & Sara Halprin, 1987; 24 minutes.
A video documentary created from footage shot at the Seneca Women’s Peace Camp in 1986 with frame buffing and colorization worked on at Experimental Television, NY. The video was distributed by Women Make Movies and Lady Slipper.

Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Excerpts from a Summer of Non-Violent Protest Marilyn Rivchin & Laurie Bronstein, 1983; 30 minutes.
A vérité video documentary by Ithaca, NY members of the Women’s Video Collective of the Seneca Peace encampment.  Without narration, the video highlights many of the important moments of the first summer’s events, meetings and civil disobedience actions. 


Stronger Than Before
Women's Video Collective, 1983; 27 minutes.
A video documentary by the Women’s Media Collective of the Seneca Women's Peace Encampment. The peace camp media collective was largely made up of women from the Boston Women's Video Collective. Stronger Than Before aired on 150 PBS stations throughout the U.S. and Canada in 1983 & 1984 and received two national awards. 




Sunday, April 05, 2015

SoNG 056 Celebrate Women

Video footage from the Peace Encampment Herstory Project GatherSing, 
Ithaca, NY. Sept. 12-13, 2008.

Celebrate Women

Oh, Women, celebrate women.
Sing it with an open and a joyful heart.
Oh, Women, celebrate women.
Sing it with an open heart!

Oh, ____________, * celebrate ____________.
Sing it with an open and a joyful heart.
Oh, ____________, * celebrate ____________.
Sing it with an open and joyful heart!

* Sing a verse for each woman in the circle

Alternate version:

Oh, Women, celebrate women.
Do it with an open and joyous heart.
Oh, Women, celebrate women.
Do it with an open heart!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HeRSToRy 069 Diane Cramer

Diane's photographs from Seneca

In front of the Seneca Army Depot's main gate, July 4, 1983.

Three women photographers: Courtney Frisse (with flag), Mima Cataldo (in purple) and Ruth Putter (blonde hair on right).
Peace camp front lawn and house, July 4, 1983.
Lynn Miller (in lavender) and Marion "Susie" Kossack (in navy blue) in the foreground hanging out on the front lawn.
Julie Hammer (sleeveless blue shirt, back to camera), Katie Thomlinson Larch Corcoran and Sunny (sp?) seated on a blanket eating.
"Did Moscow buy your farm?"
Chow time.
Energy efficient dishwashers.
Supporting the unjustly jailed Waterloo 54 women.
In the wake of the incident at Waterloo, July 30, 1983.
August 1, 1983 at the Seneca Army Depot truck gate.
August 1, 1983 at the Seneca Army Depot truck gate.
Diane's affinity group from the big march, August 1, 1983.  Roni Morganstern (white sweatshirt) and Marian Andrews (baseball cap and khaki pants).


Monday, March 16, 2015

HeRSTORy 090 Evelyn Bailey

Evelyn lived in Rochester, NY.

CLIP 1: We needed to make a difference

CLIP 2: It was such a radical time 


Interview: Evelyn Bailey
August 17, 2008
Rochester, NY
Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer


HeRSToRy 087 Twilight aka Laurie Jetter

Twilight was living in Almond, NY.

CLIP 1: She pulled out a shoebox

CLIP 2: I never saw how powerful women were until then


Interview: Twilight
Date: August 16, 2008
Location: Seneca Falls, NY
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer

Twilight, right, walking with Sita Lang in the 25th Anniversary of the Seneca Women's Peace Encampment walk from Seneca Falls to Waterloo. August 2008.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

HeRSToRy 067 Karen Kerney

   Karen was a worker/owner at On the Rise baked goods cooperative in Syracuse, NY, a shop that regularly donated bread to the peace camp. In her spare time, she ran a small organic farm and worked at both Syracuse Cultural Workers and the Syracuse Peace Council.

CLIP 1: He was petrified!

CLIP 2: Omnipresent yet invisible


Interview: Karen Kerney
May 30, 2008
Syracuse, NY
Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer 

A 1983 advertisement from Karen's baked goods cooperative published in the Syracuse Peace Council newsletter, July/August 1983.

Karen created the cover artwork for this October 1983 Syracuse Peace Council newsletter featuring information about the 5000-strong civil disobedience action at the Seneca Army Depot planned for October 22 & 24.

The Women's Peace Camp quilt poster advertized in the July/August 1983 Syracuse Peace Council newsletter.


HeRSToRy 046 Mary Loehr

   Mary was a recent graduate of Cornell University and living in Ithaca, NY when she became a member of an affinity group and participated in civil disobedience at the Seneca Army Depot.

CLIP 1: We should've had a big party!

CLIP 2: I've never looked back


Interview: Mary Loehr
Date: April 4, 2008
Location: Ithaca, NY
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer

Mary arriving at the encampment in the summer of 1984 bearing gifts.

Record of Mary's arrest at the Seneca Army Depot, Aug. 9, 1984.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HeRSToRy 086 Lucille Povero

    Lucille was born and raised in Seneca Falls, NY and in the years just before the peace camp opened, had successfully lobbied to have Elizabeth Cady Stanton's house made a National Historic Park. Lucille became involved with the encampment after the incident at the Waterloo bridge on July 30, 1983 and spent many weekends there that fall. She continued to keep tabs on both the camp and depot through the 90s.

CLIP 1: Everybody knew it

CLIP 2: You have the hawk and you have the dove


Interview: Lucille Povero
Date: August 17, 2008
Location: Seneca Falls, NY
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer


ViDeo: Peace Camp Land 2013

    "Behind the barn at the Camp, October 2013 - walking there, trespassing illegally, I heard the astounding bird life and stopped to record a video on my phone because hearing them took me back and made me cry."   ~ Elliott BatTzedek


HeRSToRy 089 Lynn Varricchio

    As a member of the Rochester group, Catholics Against Nuclear Arms, Lynn had been leafleting at Seneca Army Depot for several years before the women's encampment existed. In the course of her travels to and from Romulus, she had noticed a run-down farm for sale and brought it to the attention of peace camp organizers. She, along with other women from Rochester, were instrumental in raising funds to buy the land and securing the necessary permits for its operation.

CLIP 1: The Holy Spirit's working here
CLIP 2: Rochester did a pretty good job

Interview: Lynn Varricchio
Date: August 17, 2008
Location: Rochester, NY
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer

Lynn, left holding the CANA banner, on the Opening Day march from the encampment to the depot, July 4, 1983. Photo by Ruth Putter.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

HeRSToRy 081 Renee-Noelle Felice

    Renee-Noelle traveled up from New York City to spend a long weekend at the peace camp in the summer of 1984. She took beautiful photographs, all of which are linked under her name in the PHoToGRaPHeRS section.
Clip 1: And they will make peace
Interview: Renee-Noelle Felice
June 1, 2008
Syracuse, NY
Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer 


Monday, February 16, 2015

HeRSToRY 039 & 040 Quinn Dilkes & Rosalie Regal

    Quinn and Rosalie are longtime friends who were among those arrested at the bridge in Waterloo, NY in the summer of 1983. Both women were members of the New York City Women's Pentagon Action and had spent months planning a festive 15-mile walk from Seneca Falls to the peace camp but ended up spending five days in jail instead. Quinn arrived at the encampment a day before the incident via a 270-mile peace walk from NYC.

CLIP 1: I can't believe what I'm seeing
CLIP 2: What are these women doing?!?
Interview: Quinn Dilkes & Rosalie Regal
March 1, 2008
New York, NY
Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer & Alice O'Malley

Photo by Deb Mandel.

Photo by Deb Mandel.

Photo by Catherine Allport.

Photo by Deb Mandel.

Photo by Catherine Allport.

Photo by Deb Mandel.

Photo by Deb Mandel.

Photo by Nancy Clover.