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Why a Peace Museum?

  To choose violence and conflict is easy. Pick up a gun. Drop a bomb. Ignore the rights of others. To choose peace is more difficult. The arsenal of peace has no weapons but nonviolence, compassion, faith, and reason.

If peace is to be a viable alternative in a world inundated with violence, the message of peace must have constant presence. It needs to be available to those who would choose and work for peace, but who often feel alone or defeated. It needs to be a message heard over and over by children. It needs to be incorporated into everyday activities. Its promise needs to resonate in the streets.

To achieve its lofty goals, peace needs to be grounded. It needs a sign for all to see, a building that gives honor to the messengers of peace, past, present, and future. Like art museums around the world, a peace museum can give room for recognition, experimentation, education, training, and appreciation. Peace, like art, needs a space to breathe while the world determines whether or not its message is worthwhile.

The Dayton International Peace Museum can be such a space, a high-profile place where Daytonians and people across the Miami Valley can find the arsenal of peace. Though many peace centers, institutes, and similar organizations exist around world, Dayton’s burgeoning peace community can contribute exponentially to the worldwide peace-building movement. The Museum is not meant to compete with or supercede other groups and organizations. Its success will be based on how it encourages, supports, and supplements the already diverse and unwieldy spirit of peace that is underrated and unheard by many in our community.

Possible concept of peace museums and related institutions
by Ursula-Marie Ruser, Adobe Acrobat file

For other peace museums: International Network of Museums for Peace
The peace people of the world outnumber the violent by far in our global community, yet for the most part we; our governments, media and society, give much more attention to the "culture of violence and competition" than they do to the "culture of peace and cooperation".
If we gave as much energy, resources and attention to the "culture of peace and justice" we could make it a global reality. Steve Fryburg, Director

 Why in Dayton?

The success of the Dayton Peace Accords in stopping the violence in war-torn Bosnia has become an internationally recognized story of conflict resolution. Yet as the warring parties and world’s attention converged on Dayton that summer of 1995, the media missed a compelling and important story. Dayton has a thriving peace community with a rich heritage and diverse message about the many practical ways to achieve peace in our lives and the world.

Thanks to the lingering glow of the international spotlight, Dayton and the Miami Valley have an unprecedented opportunity to create something of lasting value. The Dayton International Peace Museum , as proposed in this Plan, will be a dynamic and creative forum dedicated to the legacy and promise of peaceful ideas and methods. With exhibits that bring to life the history and heroes of peace, and events that give courage to those choosing nonviolence, the Museum will have a positive impact on Daytonians and visitors from around the world.

The Dayton International Peace Museum will serve as a central assembly for peace events where veteran peace advocates as well as those with interest or curiosity can learn about and attend the many functions that take place in our community. Most of all, the Museum will be an active, living place where children and young people can discover positive alternatives to the conflict and violence that bombard their lives.

With your help and support, the Dayton Peace Museum will be the cornerstone of a culture of nonviolence in our community and in making Dayton a true city of peace.