Cranes and a Wish For Peace

The Tredway Library shared this cake, decorated with paper cranes, with the Augustana community.

The Tredway Library shared this cake, decorated with paper cranes, with the Augustana community on Monday, May 18, 2009.

Members of the Tredway Library staff and Augustana students gathered today to celebrate the making of 1000 cranes.  Circulation student workers began this project last November.  This spring, we asked students and members of the Augustana community to help us in this quest.  Our combined efforts resulted in 1185 total cranes (1153 hanging, the remainder on display around the department).

In keeping with a tradition begun after the death of a young girl, Sadako, who developed leukemia as a result of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan, we made our “crane wish” for peace.  We hope to be able to send the cranes with East Asia term students next spring, where they will be hung at Hiroshima (dependent on finding a feasible way to pack them).

To see more photos of this project, please see our earlier postings in the “Paper Crane Project” section of this blog.

~Christine Aden

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