American Museum of Peace (AMP)
The American Museum of Peace (AMP) honors the intention for peace that has been central to the vision of America from the beginning, an intention for peace that is ever-so-critical today. Never before have we been so perfectly presented with the undeniable truth that all life is one interconnected, interdependent whole.
It is time to find the good and build on it. AMP celebrates the high ideals of America’s peacemakers, their commitment to life, to liberty of conscience, to freedom and justice; those peacemakers who lived and worked to fulfill and extend the promise of America’s founding.
Active and influential in their own spheres, these men and women of conscience, compassion and peace understood that peace is multi-dimensional: a condition experienced by an individual in harmony with conscience, a dynamic resulting in right relationship with another and a cornerstone of America’s founding, existing as a goal from the beginning and never absent from that day to this.
AMP presents their stories, the dilemmas they faced, the lessons they learned and taught that we might learn from their example, build on the good that has come before us and form a more perfect union and a more peaceful world.
AMP explores the interconnected, interdependent nature of reality from the perspective of various disciplines, inviting visitors to consider the ancient wisdom texts, the philosophic, religious, and metaphysical teachings in light of scientific discoveries and contemporary concerns.
AMP is a place to explore the attitudes and attributes of peace, a place that extols the principles and practices that foster peace; a place that encourages us to see the opportunities for peace that exist within and around us, reminding us that peace is ours to choose – NOW.
Incorporated in the District of Columbia and registered as an educational 501(c)(3) organization, the American Museum of Peace (AMP) Inc. seeks a physical location in our nation’s capital where it can create and feature core, traveling and special exhibits, offer workshops, activities and programs, develop partnerships and serve as a national and community resource
- To honor those who have lived to fulfill and extend the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all;
- To extol the principles and practices that foster compassion, cooperation, civility and peace;
- To kindle a desire to foster peace at home and around the world;
- To advance the possibility of peace for current and future generations.
This website, AMPeace.org, provides a glimpse of the vision and an introduction to the scope of exhibits and programs offered at the American Museum of Peace (AMP).
Your tax-deductible donation will make it possible for AMP to grow and help support AMP’s educational programs and peace-promoting initiatives including the development of AMPeaceTours™ in cities across the country and the America’s Peacemakers™ video series, first- and second-hand accounts of present and past peacemakers that include the ideals and heart-felt commitments that motivated their actions at critical moments of American history.
Do you know these Americans?
AMP celebrates their commitment and contributions to peace. Visit the AMP exhibit, A Legacy of Peace, to learn more about Americans who helped to foster peace at home and abroad.
We cannot leave our values at the door. If we leave our values at the door we abandon much of the moral glue that has held our nation together for centuries and allowed us to become somewhat more perfect a union.
Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Abraham Heschel, a majority of great reformers in American History did their work not just because it was sound policy or they had done good analysis or understood how to exercise good politics but because their faith and their values dictated it; and called for bold action, sometimes in the face of indifference, sometimes in the face of resistance. This is no different today for millions of Americans and certainly not for me.
President Barack Obama (February 02, 2012)
To meet a human being is a major challenge to mind and heart. I must recall what I normally forget. A person is not just a specimen of the species called Homo sapiens. He is all of humanity in one, and whenever one man is hurt, we are all injured. The human is a disclosure of the divine, and all men are one in God’s care for man.
Many things on earth are precious, some are holy, humanity is holy of holies. To meet a human being is an opportunity to sense the image of God, the presence of God.
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907 – 1972)
We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010)
AMP Celebrates United Nations
International Day of Peace,
September 21, 2015
The American Museum of Peace celebrates International Day of Peace this September 21, 2015 and encourages schools and teachers to participate in this day devoted to strengthening a commitment to peace (read more)
AMP Visits 2015 World Peace Game in Charlottesville, VA
Thirty-seven fourth graders from California to Virginia joined John Hunter in Charlottesville, VA to bring peace to a world beset by crises and conflicts. Victory must be collective and can only be declared if and when every single crisis is solved and each country’s asset value is equal to or above the original asset value.
Challenged by crises not of their making but left to their generation to solve, the students wrestled with issues, researched possibilities and negotiated solutions while teachers from Austria, Norway, Mali, Romania, and the United States, from New York to Hawaii, looked on.
AMP Celebrates 2015 International Jazz Day
AMP closed out Jazz Appreciation Month with a concert @Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC. that featured George Washington University’s dynamic jazz ensemble, King James and the Serfs of Swing and honored the ensemble’s director and GWU’s jazz instructor, Jim Levy, for his decades of dedication and service to GWU, the students and jazz instruction. GWU students, alumni and former Serfs of Swing came to honor Jim Levy at the ensemble’s final performance.
International Jazz Day is April 30th and an annual AMP tradition in Washington, DC.(read more)
Where are your favorite landmarks for peace?
Throughout the country there are places that commemorate peace. Share your recommendations, your photos, postcards and momentos of the memorials, the parks, the museums, and monuments that represent humankind’s aspirations for peace, those landmarks that inspire and remind us of those who chose to live according to the principles and attributes that promote peace.
How do you promote peace?
Peace is multi-dimensional. Share your stories of peacemaking and the stories of those who inspire you to live in ways that foster peace.