From War to Reconciliation:
60 Years of Friendship, 70 Years of Peace between Us
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 2015 also marks the 60th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Nagasaki, Japan. How do we go from war to peace? From enemies to friends? From despair to resilience?
This website is a resource both for commemorative events and educational materials for peace making. Saint Paul Peace is a joint venture of Hamline University School of Education, the Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee, and World Citizen.
Two exhibitions at Landmark Center in Saint Paul are highlights of this anniversary year: “From War to Reconciliation,” Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition, from the Nagasaki National Peace Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims, opens August 22, 2015. “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard” film and art exhibit, sponsored by the United States—Japan Foundation begins September 19. Both exhibits and film are free and open to the public as well as available for school field trips. Teachers are encouraged to bring their students to Landmark Center and return to this website for education materials, projects, and resources that will deepen the field trip experience, broaden students' knowledge about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and help young people reflect upon the words, war, peace, and reconciliation.