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"Peace Monuments Around the World" is the world's largest collection of peace monument information. We have identified about 4,000 peace monuments on all continents and in most nations of the world. We freely share our entire collection on this website -- and share 416 peace monuments in our book "Monumental Beauty" -- the cover of which is shown above (along with three books in which our chapters appear).
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|August 9, 2005: Ted Lollis & Rev. R. Boyd Carter (Chapel on the Hill) leading Ceremony for 60th Anniversary of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons, International Friendship Bell, A.K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA). Left photo showssenior Manhattan Project scientist Alvin Weinberg [1915-2006] et al. Shikego Uppuluri (seen behind the bell) plays the koto. Elise Campbell plays the flute. Photos by Oakridger newspaper.||
|Fall 2005: Four-sided Peace Pole on driveway of a private home, George Williams Road, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). This pole has "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in English, Espagnol / Spanish, Français / French & Tsalagi / Cherokee. Photo by Ted Lollis.||January 13, 2008: "Ted Lollis from Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church talks to everyone about the pictures on the wall right before we enter the main exhibit area [of the American Museum of Science & Energy (AMSE) in Oak Ridge, TN]." Photo by Footprints for Peace during visit to Knoxville of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Leeper, Hibakusha Takashi Teramoto & others from Hiroshima (Japan).|
|January 29, 2017: Ted Lollis at "Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial," Market Square, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). The three women are Elizabeth Avery Meriwether [1824-1916], Lizzie Crozier French [1851-1926] & Anne Dalles Dudly [1876-1955]. Sculpted by Alan LeQuire of Nashville, Tennessee.|
This 75-page all-color book is NOW available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, Nook, Apple iBook, and PDF editions. Prices: Hardcover US$44.00. Paperback US$22.00. Kindle, Nook, iBook, Apple iBook, and PDF US$9.99.
Edited by Nigel J. Young (2010), Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 4 volumes.
Edited by Cordula Wohlmuther & Werner Wintersteiner (2014).
Edited by Rosemary B. Mariner & G. Kurt Piehler (2009).
Editor's synopsis (p. xxv): Edward W. Lollis chronicles efforts of local citizens to construct a memorial bell in the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The long period of controversy surrounding these efforts ultimately led to a Seupreme Clourt ruling. Proponents of the bell claimed it represented peace and friendship; opponents described it as an affront to vetrerans and a refutation of Oak Ridge's many scientific achievements. Representing hundreds of peace and friendship monuments throughout the world, the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell was permanently installed in 1996 and allowed to ring without restriction in 2001."
Some of Our Lesser Writings:
2012 Winter - "Peace Monuments at Universities & Colleges," "The Peace Chronicle," Peace & Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
2009-2010 Winter - "Peace Monuments Assist Peace Education," "The Peace Chronicle," Peace & Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
2010 Spring-Summer - "Peace Monuments Confront Militarism," "The Peace Chronicle," Peace & Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
2011 Winter - "Artists, Peacemakers, Intl. Conferences, Tragedies & Museums for Peace," "The Peace Chronicle," Peace & Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
2013 November - "Peace Monuments on Book & Magazine Covers" (November 2013)
2010 Fall - Click here for "The Sanctification of Hiroshima," submitted for publication in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, special issue on "Memorializing Space," University of San Francisco (Fall 2010). About the tradition of the non-use of nuclear weapons, Alvin Weinberg [1915-2006], the Peace Bell in Hiroshima (Japan), and the International Friendship Bell in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA).
"Museums for Peace," Peace Monuments are physical and permanent. Museums for Peace are monuments and living institutions. /// Click here to see 235 Museums for Peace listed in the order of their creation (from 1902 to the present) -- each with with an interactive on-line video. /// Click here to see 500 Museums for Peace listed in 33 categories (A-bomb, civil rights, environment, genocide, Holocaust, Nobel Prize, pacifism, peacemakers, racism, reconciliation, resistance, slavery, etc.).
Some Trips to See Peace Monuments:
2003 December 13-15 - - Trip to Washington, DC, & Chantilly, Virginia (USA) for first day of public display of Enola Gay (B-29 which dropped A-bomb on Hiroshima) at Air & Space Museum Annex, Smithsonian Institution.
2004 December 13-15 -January 2005 - Trip to Mexico. Visited Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Taxco, Puebla & Cholula. Click here for an illustrated essay about selected peace monuments in Mexico.
2005 December-Janaury 2006 - Trip to Mexico. Visited Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Topic, Mazatlan, Culiacan, Los Mochis, EL Fuerte, Copper Canyon, del Oso & Chihuahua. Click here for an illustrated essay about selected peace monuments in Mexico.
2006 December-January 2007 - Click here for an illustrated essay about selected peace monuments in India. Trip led by Arun Gandhi.
2008 October - Click here for an illustrated essay about selected peace monuments in Japan. Independent travel before & after 6th conference of International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP).
2009 September - Click here for an illustrated essay about 28 peace monuments in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, USA (notes from a trip in September 2009).
2010 June - Trip to Philadelphia, PA primarily to attend 2-day planning meeting for Envision Peace Museum.
2010 August - Click here for an illustrated essay about 82 selected peace monuments in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France & Luxembourg), 33 of which we visited personally.
2010-2011 New Year's - Road trip to Florida via Georgia. Visit Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg & campus of Rollins College in Winter Park.
2011 June 13-28 - Visit to Palestine & Israel. Tour led by Prof. Tony Bing (Earlham College retired). For a record of places visited, see Part I (West Bank) & Part II (Israel). Also see updated web pages for Palestine before 1949 | Palestine after 1948 | Israel after 1948 | Israel (Arab monuments only) | Jerusalem (West & East) | Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial | Village of Deir Yassin | Olive Trees & Branches | Peace Poles | Rachel Corrie [1979-2003] | vocabulary of the Israel/Palistinian conflict | "My trip to Palestine & Israel" by Sam Neff | "Missing a Chance for Peace" by Tony Bing | "The Palestinian Plight" by Jim Matlack | "Two Weeks in the West Bank" about Will Boland.
2011 August & September - Click here for an illustrated essay about six peace monuments in Ohio & Michigan (USA).
2011 October 29-November 2 - Click here for a photo gallery of peace monuments seen during a visit to Washington, DC (USA).
2012 August 6-24 - Click here for a report on a 19-day Trip to Ontario & Quebec (Canada) via adjacent states (USA). Includes seven photo galleries of peace monuments & other sights in Indiana, Windsor & Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal & Québec City, North Shore of the St. Lawrence River, Gaspé Peninsula, & Upstate New York.
2015 September 9-October 2 - Click here for an illustrated essay about selected peace monuments in Brazil & Argentina. Led by Friendship Force Los Angeles. Home stays in Salvador & Sao Jose do Rio Preto. Tourist visits to Rio de Janeiro & Iguazu Falls (including Argentine side).
22 Talks About Peace Monuments
(Including Ceremonies at Peace Monuments):
1987 - 200th Anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's Visit to Southwestern France in 1787. Ceremonies in Bordeaux (France) including: Commemorative talks at Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux (visited by Jefferson) - left image. Tasting of Virginia & California wines at American Consulate General. Film of reenacted visit to Bordeaux by American Express. NBC Television broadcast from boat on Canal du Midi (as used by Jefferson). Gala dinner at Château Haut-Brion (visited by Jefferson) - right image.
1987 - Simultaneous 210th Anniversary of LaFayette's Departure to USA in 1777 & 70th Anniversary of American Expeditionary Force's Arrival in France in 1917. Military ceremony at Point-de-Grave (mouth of Gironde River) in Le Verdon (France) honoring French & US veterans of American Revolution, World War I, World War II, Korea & Vietnam. With participation of French troops, US Navy guided missile cruiser & flight of US Air Force A-10 Warthogs. /// 75-meter memorial lighthouse "À la gloire des Américains" (left image) was constructed at Point-de-Grave in 1919-1938 & destroyed by German army in 1942. Smaller stele was constructed in 1947.
1987 July 4 - "Pictorial History of the USA in Southwestern France," Independence Day poster display at residence of American Consul General, Cauderan, Bordeaux (France). Image shows first US consulate on quai des Charterons, Bordeaux (also first in world?).
2005 - "Peace Monuments Around the World," talk at Dayton International Peace Museum (only peace museum in North America), Dayton, Ohio (USA). Meet museum founders Ralph & Christine Dull, Nobel Peace Prize scholar Irwin Abrams, author J. Fred Arment, etc.
2005 July 17 - "Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell", PowerPoint presentation by Edward W. (Ted) Lollis at Conference on the Atomic Bomb & American Society, Double Tree Hotel, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA). Conference led by Prof. G. Kurt Piehler, director of Center for the Study of War & Society, University of Tennessee. This date is 60th anniversary of the first atomic explosion at Alamagordo, New Mexico (USA). /// Pesentation published in 2009 by UT Press (with most images omitted) in "The Atomic Bomb & American Society: New Perspectives."
2005 August 9 - Ted Lollis & Rev. R. Boyd Carter (Chapel on the Hill) lead Ceremony for 60th Anniversary of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons at International Friendship Bell, A.K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA). Left photo shows senior Manhattan Project scientist Alvin Weinberg [1915-2006], Mrs. Doan Phung & others. Shikego Uppuluri (seen behind the bell) plays the koto. Elise Campbell plays the flute. Photos by Oakridger newspaper.
2005 November 8 - "Peace Monuments Around the World," talk to the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Prof. James Richard (Dick) Bennett invited me to talk to OMNI, and a UA student newspaper journalist (Cole Brokenfield, now Deputy Director for Policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, DC) very accurately reported my remarks.
2006 November 21 - PowerPoint presentation about the International Friendship Bell by Edward W. (Ted) Lollis at the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL) at Roane State Community College (Oak Ridge Campus), Oak Ridge, Tennesee (USA). After a minute of silence for Dr. Alvin Weinberg (who died October 18)). This is part of a 5-session ORICL course on all monuments in Oak Ridge taught by Ted Lollis & Bill Wilcox. Wilcox lectured on the Secret City Commemorative Walk. Lollis taught two sessions on all other Oak Ridge monuments. And the last session was a guided bus tour of monuments inside Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). /// See "Newcomer to the area conducts monumental study of Oak Ridge" by Frank Munger in the Knoxville News Sentinel, October 10, 2006.
2007 July 15 - "The Life & Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi." Power Point presentation at TVUUC, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). Presentaion based on trip to India Dec. 2006-Jan. 2007. Attended by president of Hindu Community Center of Knoxville.
2007 September 19 - "My Favorite Monuments in Oak Ridge [Tennessee]." Power Point presentation to the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA). Also presented to Greenfield Retirement Community (Jan. 10, 2008). /// Image shows the Secret City Commemorative Walk (conceived by Bill Wilcox & constructed by Oak Ridge Rotary Club).
2008 January 10 - "My Favorite Monuments in Oak Ridge [Tennessee]." Power Point presentation to Greenfield Retirement Community, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA). Also presented to the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club (Sep. 19, 2007). /// Image shows the Secret City Commemorative Walk (conceived by Bill Wilcox & constructed by Oak Ridge Rotary Club).
2008 February 10 - "What TVA Won't Tell You About Green Power Switch." Power Point presentaiton at TVUUC, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). "Is it possible that GPS really does nothing for the environment? Is the environmentally minded public being manipulated? Are GPS participants being naive & gullible? Ted met September 19 with two GPS managers from TVA's Marketing Department in Nashville. He will present his case against TVA & GPS at today's forum."
2008 October 6 - Click here for an Overview of Peace Monuments. This is the text of a PowerPoint presentation entitled "Peace Monuments Around the World" delivered to the 6th International Conference of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (Japan).
2008 November 9 - "Japan Today." Power Point presentation at TVUUC, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). "Ted Lollis & Schera Chadwick spent most of October in Japan, primarily in order to attend the 6th International Conference of Museums for Peace in Kyoto & Hiroshima. At this forum, Ted will share his impressions of modern Japan, describe how peace museums work to counter the culture of war in Japan & Europe & speculate why there are very few such museums in North America." /// Image is statue (among many others) in esplanade of Tokyo city hall.
2009 December 6 - "Peace Monuments Around the World." Power Point presentation at TVUUC, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA).
2010 March 27 - "Monuments: A Permanent way to Express Friendship." Power Point presentation at regional conference of Friendship Force, Big Canoe, Georgia (USA).
2010 August 6 - "Hiroshima - 65 Years of Remembering the Bomb." Power Point presentation in Tübingen (Germany). This date is "Hiroshima Day" -- 65th anniverary of the Hiroshima bomb. "The City of Hiroshima constructed Peace Memorial Park out of the rubble of the first atomic bomb, and a second American will be memorialized there later this year. In Oak Ridge (USA), the secret city which made the bomb during World War II, a Japanese bell 'sanctifies' Hiroshima & helps perpetuate the 65 year taboo against the use of nuclear weapons." /// Photo (made Oct. 8, 2008, through plate glass window in Peace Memorial Park) shows Peter van den Dungen, Schera Chadwick, Shigeko Uppuluri & others behind "Reconciliation" by Josefina de Vasconcellos.) 2010 August 29 - "Hiroshima - 65 Years of Remembering the Bomb." Power Point presentation at TVUUC, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). A repeat of the presentation made in Tübingen (Germany).
2011 May 15 - "Ted Lollis' Personal Atlas of the United States of America." Power Point presentation at TVUUC, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). I've always found published atlases to be unimaginative, whereas a lot of interesting maps can be found on-line. This slide show captures a lot of US maps from the Internet, e.g. demographics, eating habits, physical infrastructure & politics. Some are beautiful. Some defy interpretation until the legend is superimposed. FYI, this is the last "Forum" which the committee I charied provided every Sunday for four years.
2012 January 3 - "Palestine, Israel & Other Tragedies," Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). Presentation to group from University of Tennessee of 127 slides based on visit to Palestine & Israel, June 13-28, 2011. "What this talk is about: (A) Share what I saw in June 2011. (B) Recall history of 1945, 1948 & 1967. (C) Show Israeli wall & settlements. (D) Show how Palestinians resist. (E) Point out monuments & symbols." /// The talk concentrates on these nine places: (1) Yad Vashem (Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem), (2) Deir Yassin (Arab village depopulated in 1948), (3) Al-ghabisiyya (Arab village destroyed in 1948), (4) Bethlehem & Refugee Camps, (5) Jenin & The Freedom Theatre (whose Jewish director was recently assassinated), (6) At-Tuwani (poor Arab village trying to coexist with an Israeli settlement), (7) Tent of Nations (Arab farm threatened by negiboring Israeli settlement), (8) Bil'in (Arab town split by Israeli security wall) & (9) Ma'ale Adumim (modern Israeli settlement imposed on Arab part of East Jerusalem).
2013 September 2 - "A Century of Peace Monuments & Museums," at Peace Palace, The Hague (Netherlands). PowerPoint presentation at "Celebrating Peace Philanthropy and Furthering Peace Education - in the Footsteps of Andrew Carnegie," a conference of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP). This is part of the Peace Palace's centennial celebration. Presentation featured 14 peacemakers whose particular philanthropy was the construction of peace monuments -- Charles Buxton, Andrew Carnegie, Jan Bloch, Sam Hill, Frank A. Miller, Karl Bickel, Ghanshyam Das Birla, Abraham Speigel, Alvin Weinberg, Marilyn & Eugene Glick, Joan Kroc, Aleksander Gudzowaty & Richard Branson.
2015 June 7 - "Story of New Harmony [Indiana] & the 'Boatload of Knowledge.'" PowerPoint presentation to the Rationalists of East Tennessee on campus of Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee. "My talk was initially inspired by [Donald Pitzer's] on-line papers about the Boatload of Knowledge. I added the Robert Owen, William Maclure, Frances Wright & General LaFayette stories. I was duly impressed with the influence of the Harmonists (both on New Harmony's architecture & on Fanny Wright's planning for Nashoba, Tennessee). So I added an introductory section about George Rapp et al. As for Jane Blaffer Owen [1915-2010], her influence is undeniable. So my talk concluded with her & her daughters... In the end, I tried to do from a distance what no entity does in New Harmony itself -- tell the whole story as continuous history."
Special Websites & Web Pages:
2008 May - "The International Friendship Bell, Oak Ridge, Tennessee: An Interactive & Pictorial Chronology. "The bell...will survive long after all the participants in the Manhattan Project & the objectors to ‘apologizing’ to Japan have been forgotten. What will remain is this symbol. I hope it will become a shrine for the many visitors who, by their pilgrimage to the Friendship Bell, will be participating in The Sanctification of Hiroshima & the permanence of the tradition of nonuse [of nuclear weapons]."-- Dr. Alvin M. Weinberg [1915-2006]
"Monuments Around the World Related to the Atomic Bomb & to Atomic Power." This database currently contains information on more than 50 monuments around the world related to the atomic bomb & to atomic power -- excluding (with one exception) visitors centers at nuclear power plants. Here they are, rank ordered by date of dedication.
"Vocabulary of the Israel/Palestine Conflict." This web page attempts to define & cross reference a number of terms necessary for a basic understanding of the confact between Israel & Palestine (& of their peace monuments). The "vocabulary" supports other web pages about peace monuments in Israel & Palestine.
"Deir Yassin, West Jerusalem (Israel)." The results of the 1948 massacre by Irgun & allied Stern Gang soldiers of more than 200 residents of Deir Yassin, a tiny Arab village near Jerusalem.
2012 January - "Foreign Service of the USA." This website was named "SITE OF THE MONTH" by the Foreign Service Journal. Click here for notice in Foreign Service Journal, vol. 89, no. 1, January 2012, page 10 (published by American Foreign Service Association, Washington, DC, USA).
"North America: 70 Selected Peace Monuments." One monument in each of the 50 States, 10 Provinces & 9 Territories of the USA, Canada & Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (which is part of France -- the 3rd nationality in North America). Illustrates the variety & wide geographic distribution of peace monuments, even in areas of very small population. /// The 70 states, provinces and territories are shown by descending population, thus in the approximate order that they are likely to contain peace monuments. The most populous state (California) has 6,300 times more people than the smallest territory (Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon). In fact, California has at least 80 peace monuments, whereas Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and some of the other very small areas shown below have only the one peace monument shown (so far as I know).
Selected Peace Stories & Peace Monuments in Brazil. Also see 72 Peace Monuments in Brazil / 72 Monumentos de Paz no Brasil).
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