March Special Edition 2018


Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Launches Year Long Project Dedicating IIPT River Front Peace Promenade


Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – one of the first state capitals of the 50 United States, has embarked on a year-long project engaging more than 40 diverse civic organizations and 260 citizens in the dedication of its River Front Park as an IIPT Peace Promenade. The Harrisburg Peace Promenade is co-Chaired by Rep Patty Kim, 103rd Legislative District, and Jeff Haste, President of Dauphin County Commissioners.

Patty Jeff Haste IIPT Peace Park


The project utilizes Riverfront Park as a common ground, and links commemorations and interpretive programs for eight public monuments along the six acre linear park which exemplify the city’s journey towards tolerance, freedom and peaceful co-existence. The commemoration monuments allow neighbors, visitors, and guests who frequent the Susquehanna River walkway to pause and reflect on historic stewardship as well as the current challenges for accomplishing peace and peaceful co-existence in Harrisburg. A self-guided walking tour map has been created for host families from across the city.

                                            Riverfront Park


A series of visits and events were held this past week at venues including: the Science and Technology High School, Harrisburg University, Dauphin County Administration Building, Martin Luther King Municipal Building, Midtown Scholar Book Store, and Harrisburg Mid-Town Arts Center. Centerpiece of the events was a reception at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel with guests of honor, Mrs. Naomi King, wife of A.D. King, brother of Martin Luther King, Dr. Babs Onabanjo, President and CEO of the A. D. King Foundation, and Dr. Louis D’Amore, Founder and President, International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT).


IIPT Peace Park

Community Leaders together with Mrs. King, Lou D’Amore and Dr. Babs Onabanjo following a luncheon.


Lenwood SloanOrchestrating the project as a volunteer is Mr. Lenwood Sloan – well known across the U.S. as a catalytic agent, animator, and facilitator of cultural and heritage programs. For the past 40 years, Mr. Sloan has provided inspiration, leadership and technical assistance both in the public and private sector. Lenwood has been involved in film, cultural, heritage and recreational initiatives in Pennsylvania including collaboration with the National Park Service on the 50 site “Underground Railroad Trail” for which he received the Pennsylvania “Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award” and in 2011, the Pennsylvania Civil War trails for which he won the Historical Society’s Innovation Award.  



The Reception event also honored Exemplars for their contribution to Harrisburg.


IIPT Exemplers


Remaining Events during the year-long project include

Historic Harrisburg Association, March 26 –

“A Stewardship Forum on Women and War”


Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, April 9

Holocaust Event – Dialogue: Remembrance and Reaffirmation


Physicians for Social Responsibility, April 27

 Tree Plantings


St. Stephens Episcopal Cathedral, May 5,

Dialogue: Harrisburg 1860 – 1960


Susquehanna Arts Museum, June – July (multiple events)

Art Immersion Workshops – “Raising the Colors of Peace”


Olewine Public Library, July 11-13, 2018

Art Immersion Workshops – “Making Your Own Peace Pole”


Market Square Presbyterian Church, August 5

Hiroshima Event


Governor's Mansion, September 1

Dialogue: Citizenship and a Blue Print for Seven Generations


Harrisburg University, September 7, 2018

Seven Generations Town Hall


Dauphin County Library - Front and Walnut, October 10


Grace Un, ted Methodist Church, November 11,

Veterans Day 2018

A wreath laying event at each of the eight monument sites is supported by a Civic Dialogue in the adjacent neighborhood and an anchor arts immersion experience.

Dauphin County Proclamation
Please click here to view the Dauphin County Proclamation.

IIPT Global Peace Parks Project

As part of its 30th Anniversary Year events, IIPT has launched a “Global Peace Parks Project” with a goal of 2,000 Peace Parks circling the earth by November 11, 2018, the Centenary of the end of World War I and its theme “No More War”. The project builds on the foundations of IIPT’s Peace Parks across Canada Project in 1992 commemorating Canada’s 125th birthday as a nation. That project resulted in 350 cities and towns dedicating a park to peace and was said to be the most significant of more than 25,000 Canada 125 Projects.


unitedlogoPartnering with IIPT on the project is United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government with a global network of cities, local and regional governments representing 70% of the world population. UCLG goals include contributing to the achievement of the SDG’s, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and New Urban Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development


Objectives of the IIPT Global Peace Parks are: to nurture the growth of peace and understanding at home and throughout the world; enhance awareness of a community’s commitment to peace and a healthy environment;  create common ground for the community to come together in celebration of their nation’s people, land, and heritage, and the common future of all humankind; reflect on our connectedness to one another as a Global Family and Tour common home, planet Earth.

About IIPT
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering travel and tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding, cooperation among nations, an improved quality of environment, cultural enhancement and the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, reconciliation and healing wounds of conflicts; and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world.  It is founded on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”

For more information:
IIPT Website:
Tel: (315) 507-4059

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