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California Paper Crane Peace Project

California Paper Crane Peace Project

Project Goal:
To make 92,785 origami cranes -one for every person from California who was sent to a Japanese American internment camp. during World War II.

About the Project:
The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is pleased to announce the launching of the California Origami Peace Crane Project. Our goal is to collect one origami crane for each of the 92,785 Japanese Americans from California sent to one of sixteen "Wartime Civil Control Administration" camps in 1942 following the entry of the United States into World War II. This project was inspired by Michelle Reed and Carly Gutzmann of Minnesota whose National History Day project focused on Topaz Relocation Center, a World War II Japanese American internment camp near Delta, Utah. When they discovered that most of their classmates and many adults had no idea that internment camps had ever existed, they launched the Peace Crane Memorial Project. Their goal was to collect 120,313 cranes, one for every man, woman and child interned during the war. At the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, we were honored to include their project as part of the exhibit, Reading the Walls: The Struggle of the Haradas, A Japanese American Family. They have recently achieved their goal and inspired the Riverside Metropolitan Museum to launch the California Origami Peace Crane Project. A display at the Museum and our website will feature the progress of this project. Please consider making an origami crane or several for the California Peace Crane Project!

Making a Paper Crane:
To help us achieve our goal of making 92,785 origami cranes, you can visit the Museum and follow along the how-to video or get together with friends, family, or school group and just send them right to the Museum!

For printable and video instructions, visit:

Sending Your Paper Cranes:
Please send your completed Paper Cranes to:
Attn: Lynn Voorheis
Riverside Metropolitan Museum
3580 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

For more information, call: (951) 826-5273

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