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"To study the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is to commit to peace." — Setsuko Thurlow

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You can visit the Peace Resource Center Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




October 1-2, 2020

Check back in April 2020 for a complete schedule.

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, August 6 and 9, 1945, the Peace Resource Center is partnering with Wilmington College Assistant Professor of Music and Concert Pianist, Brianna Matzke in the latest of her “Response Project” series throughout the spring, summer, and fall of 2020. The brainchild of Matzke, the “Response Project” will ask artists representing genres ranging from music and two-dimensional art to filmmaking and poetry to respond to something they experience while visiting the Peace Resource Center’s (PRC) Barbara Reynolds Memorial Archives, with its unique focus on the human experience of the atomic bombings and the legacy of nuclear war. It could be a photograph they see, a document they read, an audio recording they hear or even an overarching theme they sense as they encounter the collection. The works created will be performed and exhibited in conjunction with the 30th Annual Westheimer Peace Symposium, October 1-2, 2020. The 2020 Westheimer Peace Symposium will focus on “Peace and the Nature of War” through the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and 75 subsequent years of the nuclear threat.

PICTURED: Virginia-based poet, Jody Rambo reads atomic-bombing survivor accounts, looking for something that might might inspire a new way to commemorate their experiences through a new work of poetry.

Peace Resource Center Secures NEH Grant for Collection Preservation

Funds Will Allow Purchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment, Shelving

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College nearly $10,000 to be used for preserving its unique collection of 40,000 materials relating to the atomic bombings during World War II.

PICTURED: Dr. Tanya Maus, director of the Peace Resource Center and Quaker Heritage Center, displays one of the PRC’s resources that will be protected from deterioration with the new equipment. It’s a book about a Japanese doctor who conducted relief work in the wake of the atomic bombings.

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Barbara Reynolds is pictured on the yacht, The Phoenix of Hiroshima, in which she and her family circumnavigated the globe to become nuclear disarmament activists in the late 1950s.

Peace Resource Center to Hold Exhibit Opening for ‘The Journey of the Phoenix’

In 1954, Barbara Reynolds and her family began a four-year “Peace Odyssey” in which they sailed around the world in their yacht to protest the development, testing and use of nuclear weapons in the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Reynolds went on to establish the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College in 1976, a place she selected as the depository for materials on the atomic bombing that hastened the end of World War II, yet left 140,000 dead and dying.