Peace Museum director speaks to Rotary

TROY — There are heroes all around us. Just ask Deb Hogshead, communications director for the Dayton International Peace Museum.

She shared this insight with Troy Rotarians and guests during their weekly meeting July 21. The museum sponsors the Peace Heroes program to recognize and honor those individuals who seek to promote peace through the rejection of vengeance, the promotion of justice and the recognition of interconnections. Simply put, a Peace Hero is an ordinary person who takes risks and succeeds in making the world a less violent and more just place to live, work, and enjoy.

In May of this year, Troy Rotary Club nominated its own Shane Carter, executive director of Lincoln Community Center, as a Peace Hero for his steadfast work with the youth of Troy.

Founded in 2004, the Dayton International Peace Museum is located at 208 West Monument Avenue in downtown Dayton. The museum was the vision of Christine and Ralph Dull, local leaders in the international peace community, and honors the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended war in Bosnia. Its mission is to inspire a local, national, and international culture of peace through the exhibits and programs it offers. The 1876-era building has space for exhibits, a children’s interactive room, a library and a Peace Heroes Room. The museum is funded by donations and fundraising activities, including the annual Peace Heroes Walk. To learn more about the museum and its programs, visit

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