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Quaker Heritage Center Presents 'Sky Full of Cranes' Exhibit

2,000 Peace Cranes Are Reminder to Work for World Peace

July 13, 2012

Nearly 2,000 paper cranes in a rainbow of colors are flying from the ceiling of Wilmington College’s Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center through Sept. 28.

The new exhibit, co-sponsored by the Peace Resource Center, features the “peace cranes,” a river of paper lanterns illuminated in memory of those that died in war and wall hangings illustrating how individuals can make a difference for a more peaceful world.

The hand-folded, origami paper cranes are a Japanese symbol of peace and hope.

Curator Ruth Brindle Dobyns said each August, thousands gather in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to remember those who died in the atomic bombings of World War II and to “reaffirm their desire” for a world free of nuclear weapons.

“We invite visitors to share their hopes for peace,” she added.

Normal gallery hours are weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by special appointment.
Extended hours will be available: July 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; July 21, 6:30 to 10 p.m.; July 22, 1:30 to 5 p.m.; Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sept. 8, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.