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The Highground’s Origami Crane Peace Project

Create these cranes to honor all lives lost in war and those who work for peace. Any cranes that are brought/mailed to The Highground will be displayed as a reminder to:

“Remember the past so we do not repeat these tragic events in the future”

Shout out to crafty creators Joleen Schade, Alyssa Schade and Lauren Kommer for their donation of over 100 origami cranes. This is a wonderful start to our goal of gathering 1,000 origami cranes—a “senbazuru”! We invite more crafters to join the project and donate cranes made from 6″ paper.

For background information and easy origami instructions, click here. Any origami pattern can be used. If you cannot find origami paper, 4” or 6” square craft paper with color or print on one side would work.

We will be creating a “Peace” exhibit with them on The International Day of Peace which is September 21, 2020. Visit the International Day of Peace website for more information.

We will also continue to collect origami cranes with the goal of getting 1,000 cranes to display as a “Peace” exhibit as part of the “WWII – Pacific Theater” exhibition Dec 2021 – Jan 2022.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Theresa at 715-743-4224 or by email to museum@thehighground.us.


HISTORY

The 75th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII

The United States’ Immediate Goal was to Hasten the End of the War with Japan & also to Display the Power of the Weaponry to the Rest of the World. 

August 6, 1945 8:15am—US B-29 bomber Enola Gay Drops an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan; Immediately killing over 70,000 people. Subsequent deaths due to radiation raise the death toll to over 160,000.

August 9, 1945 11:02amUS B-29 bomber Bockscar drops an atomic bomb over the city of Nagasaki, Japan; the death toll of immediate and subsequent deaths due to radiation are 60,000 – 80,000 people. Nagasaki was not the originally intended target. The Japanese city of Kokura was the target, but it was obscured by clouds & smoke (from nearby bombing the previous day), which led to the secondary target of Nagasaki being bombed.