To mark the celebration of International Day of Peace on September 21, visitors to the Penn Museum were invited to fold origami “Peace Cranes.” Guests of all ages spent time transforming squares of colored paper into symbols of peace and tranquility. The Penn Museum’s participation in this Peace Day Philly program gave guests an opportunity to create something beautiful, and pause for a short while to consider the ideal of a world at peace.
The peace cranes served a second purpose. Individuals and families folded some cranes to take home; others to share. More than 75 cranes were donated to the nonprofit organization Cranes for Cancer, joining with other cranes from other volunteers, until the organization had 1,000 cranes to share. As Cranes for Cancer notes: “There is an old Japanese tradition that 1,000 origami paper cranes will bring good luck. Cranes for Cancer's mission is to provide baskets or vases of 1,000 cranes to cancer patients. The 1000 cranes bring hope and uplift spirits."
Thanks to all the Penn Museum guests who stopped by to share a little peace and a lot of hope!