Founders of Dayton Peace Museum Are Among the Faces in the Crowd at NOAC

 

Chris and Ralph Dull, founders of the Dayton peace museum, are among the faces in the crowd at the 2011 NOAC in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

If you see Christine and Ralph Dull here at NOAC say hello. They are the founders of the Dayton International Peace Museum. Located at 208 West Monument Avenue in Dayton, Ohio, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m., closed Mondays and all major holidays.

Christine said the idea for the museum “just came out of my mouth one day. There are so many war museums and war memorials, but Dayton needed a Peace Museum.” That was back in 2003.

The two have been dedicated to peace all their lives. At one point they lived on a Soviet Union collective farm for six months. “We realized that people everywhere want peace.”

In addition to the permanent exhibits there are always new exhibits. The next will honor Gandhi.

The two said they are currently working on a major fundraiser, which is necessary to secure a major grant. They are planning to install an elevator and to do what Ralph called “green expansions.”

The museum itself is located in the historic Pollack House, which is on the National Historic Register. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.

The museum also owns a 33 foot recreational vehicle with traveling exhibits, which visits festivals, schools, and churches. The museum itself features many children’s activities. For more information call the museum at 937-237-3223 or go to www.daytonpeacemuseum.org.

 

— Frank Ramirez is pastor of Everett (Pa.) Church of the Brethren and a member of the NOAC volunteer communications team.