People to People International has strived to enhance friendship and understanding among the world’s people for more than 50 years. We thought you might like to know how it all started at U.S. President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House Press Conference, which gathered notable business and civic leaders to bring his vision to life.
How It All Started
Here’s an excerpt from a summary of a detailed historical outline of PTPI by Mrs. William C. Menninger, who formerly served as President of PTPI as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees:
Following the meeting of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev in Geneva, Switzerland in July, 1955, it seemed as though the “Cold War” with Russia was beginning to thaw. In his report to the nation soon afterward, President Eisenhower said “The subject that took most of my attention was the possibility of increased visits overseas by the citizens of one country into the territory of the other nation. In this subjet there was the fullest possible agreement between the West and the Soviet Union.”
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