Woman reading speech to onlookers

Sandra Hahn reading her opening speech.

June 29, 1966 – A Peace Fair opened at the Mendocino Coast Gallery located on the northwest corner of Main and Lansing streets. Running thru July 4th, the theme of the fair was “Peace and War,” and its purpose was to explore the critical issues involved in the search for peace during the Vietnam War era.

Sandra Hahn opened the fair with a short speech in which she said, “Our being here is frankly, to put ourselves out of business. We hope by this time next year our country will be at peace with the world.” With those words, she officially opened the doors for the public to see the art exhibit inside. Showings of art decrying the war effort drew many curious spectators.

The fair also included film, folk dancing, speeches, and Q&A sessions. About 100 people attended a debate on U. S. policy in Vietnam at Preston Hall. Speakers included Richard Lynn, an economist and trustee of the World Affairs Council as well as the Asia Foundation, supporting the U.S. stand in Vietnam, and Dr. Marshall Windmiller, professor of international relations at San Francisco State University, discussing the peace views.

The Peace Fair’s coordinators were: Phil Bianchi, Jane Brandon, Idele Burleson, Ariss Dreykus, Sandra Hahn, Emmy Lou Packard, and John Sinclair.

Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Kelley House Lawn! Dance to live music from the Mixed Nuts, and watch the parade. Street tacos, corn, fruit and churros will be available at Miss KJ’s Bangin’ Bites food truck. We’ll be selling margaritas, sangria, beer from North Coast Brewing, wine from assorted wineries, plus non-alcoholic options. Bring your picnic blanket for a spot on the lawn! 11am-3pm. Admission is FREE!