May Peace Prevail on Earth – The Peace Pole Project
Kylee Baumle of northwest Ohio has a passion for both gardening and writing. She is the book review editor for Horticulture magazine, writes for two regional gardening magazines, and contributes to a local newspaper. Here she shares the story of the Peace Pole Project, how she learned about it for the first time, and how she rediscovered Peace Poles in a whole new way at the IGC show!
When our younger daughter Jenna (mother of sweet pea Hannah) attended Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., in 2001-2005, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, I learned about peace poles. One of the residence halls where she lived was located directly across the street from the Gladdys Muir Peace Garden, home to two of North Manchester’s many peace poles.
Manchester College (now Manchester University) was where the first recognized undergraduate Peace Studies program in the U.S. was born, with its BA in Peace Studies first offered in 1948. The Gladdys Muir Peace Garden was established in 2001 and is adjacent to the 1929 Meeting House, used today for gatherings and classes.
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