The Peace Resource Center (PRC) at Wilmington College creates a vital connection between the campus community and efforts toward non-violence, social justice, and global peace.
The PRC was founded in 1975 by the Quaker peace activist Barbara Reynolds (1915-1990) who worked ceaselessly toward creating a world free of nuclear weaponry and war and to helping atomic bombing survivors share their stories of the tragedy of military conflict. In the late 1950s, Barbara and her husband Earle became icons of the global peace and antinuclear movement after sailing their yacht the Phoenix into a US nuclear test site next to the Bikini Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Currently, the PRC develops events and programming that encourages dialogue on the Wilmington College campus about how to resolve conflict from the personal to the global level. The PRC assists faculty and students in creating student-led projects, internships, and local/global collaborations so that Wilmington College and its local region can become an even greater part of a global community of peace.
In addition, the PRC is the home of the unique archive, “The Barbara Reynolds Papers” and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Collection. Scholars throughout the country have visited the PRC to utilize this vast collection of materials for their research on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Peace Resource Center’s non-violence, social justice, and global peace programming, as well as a priceless archive and collection of historical documents, makes it a unique “Hands On” space that promotes and affirms peace as a core value of the Wilmington College mission.