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Kengo Nikawa carried this watch, a treasured gift from his son, as he headed for work on August 6, 1945.

Kengo Nikawa carried this watch, a treasured gift from his son, as he headed for work on August 6, 1945. /Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.


From February 21 through March 14, 2010, the Culture of Peace Committee of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids is sponsoring several events organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan.



A poster exhibit that includes several posters depicting the destruction wrought by the Atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be displayed for public viewing. In addition, a quiet room will be available for individual reflection.

2025 Fulton Street East (Campus Map)

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Dates: February 21 through March 14, 2010

Days and hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 2 – 6 p.m.

                             Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

                             Sundays: 12 – 4 p.m.

Wednesdays and Sundays (Location same as above)
Hiroshima: A Mother’s Prayer (30 minutes)
Hiroshima: Repentance and Renewal (39 minutes)
Original Child Bomb (57 minutes)
Filmed interview of Glenn Hymer of Fremont, Michigan. Mr. Hymer was a medic aboard the Haven, a US Navy hospital ship that went into Nagasaki after the surrender to remove U.S. and Allied POWs.

Wednesdays: One or two films from the list above will be shown at 3 p.m. on February 24, March 3, and March 10. (Total showing time is approximately one hour.)
Sundays: One film from the list above will be shown at 12:30 p.m. on February 21, February 28, March 7, and March 14.


On Saturday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and running concurrently with the poster exhibit at Dominican Center at Marywood, there will be an opportunity to fold origami paper cranes—a Japanese symbol of world peace. The paper cranes will go to Hiroshima for display at the Children’s Peace Monument. 



On Sunday evening, February 28th from 7 – 9 p.m., there will be a live webcam internet video conference with a hibakusha (an atom bomb survivor) who is living in Japan. This event will be held at the Donnelly Center of Aquinas College, and offers a rare opportunity to put a human face on the devastation of war and nuclear weapons. It is also an extraordinary educational experience for people of all ages. The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College is located at 157 Woodward Lane SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506. Easily accessible parking is available in the Woodward Street Lot (Lot T on the Aquinas Campus map).

The Glenn Hymer interview will also be aired on local television. Below are dates, times and channel in which this piece can be viewed.

Channel 24
Mon 02/22/10 07:30 PM Livewire
Tue 02/23/10 02:30 PM Livewire
Thu 02/25/10 07:00 PM Livewire
Sat 02/27/10 10:00 AM Livewire
Sat 02/27/10 02:30 PM Livewire
Sun 02/28/10 07:00 PM Livewire

Channel 25
Thu 03/04/10 09:29 AM GRTV
Sun 03/07/10 04:03 PM GRTV
Tue 03/09/10 09:02 PM GRTV
Wed 03/10/10 12:57 PM GRTV
Thu 03/11/10 09:00 PM GRTV
Fri 03/12/10 10:30 PM GRTV
Sat 03/13/10 10:30 AM GRTV
Sun 03/14/10 05:00 PM GRTV
Mon 03/15/10 09:00 PM GRTV

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 a truly important exhibit that one should consider himself lucky to see, a truly historic and important topic. great job, i am excited to see it