MS 551 - Peace Ribbon Project Northwest Ohio
|MS 551 - Peace Ribbon Project Northwest Ohio
The fabric segments of the Peace Ribbon Project, Northwest Ohio were donated and transferred to the Center for Archival Collections by Joanna Baker Russ on March 15, 1989.
No restrictions exist on the research use of this collection and duplication is permitted for research purposes. The collection was arranged and described by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in June 2004.
The idea for the Peace Ribbon was originated in 1982 when Justine Merritt of Denver, Colorado, proposed the grassroots project to create fabric pieces on the theme "What I cannot bear to think of as lost forever in a nuclear war." The challenge was taken up by numerous Church groups and individuals around the country, who created roughly 25,000 cloth segments in a variety of appliqué, quilting, painted, and embroidered formats which were eventually tied together as part of a demonstration on August 4, 1985, the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, stretching the ribbon around the Pentagon and other public buildings in Washington, D.C. The segments in this collection were created by various groups and individuals around Ohio, primarily in Northwest Ohio.
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The fabric segments of the Peace Ribbon Project, Northwest Ohio represent a variety of formats from painted fabric, quilting, appliqué, and embroidery created for the national project by Church groups around the state. Some groups identified on the pieces include First United Methodist Church in Norwalk, High Street United Methodist Church in Fostoria, Clyde Christian Church, the Ursuline Convent in Toledo, and children's art program classes at BGSU. Some of the segments have personal identifications, but many have no attribution at all.