Dave Chappelle at Gem City Shine event on August 25, 2019

September is Peace Month around the world and around the Miami Valley.

Known universially as Peace Month, with September 21 celebrated as International Peace Day, be sure to check here and our social media for more than 40 events happening in and around the Miami Valley this month. The Dayton Peace Museum and the 100 local organizations part of Peace Dayton, celebrate nonviolence, social justice, tolerance for all people through fitness, health, books, dialogue, festivals, artwork, music, food, and sports. Join us and be sure to become a member of America’s only peace museum.

Dave Chappelle, Stevie Wonder Headline Efforts to Take Back the Oregon District

The tragic events of early August 4, 2019, will never be forgotten in the Miami Valley when a lone gunman opened fire on the crowded streets of the Oregon District in downtown Dayton. Ten people were killed and dozens more were injured in what has become a sadly common scene on the streets of the US in recent years. The Dayton shooting occurred only hours after another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Sunday, August 25, local resident, civic leader, and world-celebrated entertainer, Dave Chappelle, joined Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in finding a solution to the community’s sadness and anger over the shooting by providing an all-star music festival. Headling the event was Stevie Wonder, as well as Chance the Rapper and visits from Jon Stewart, Michael Che, Kanye West and others to an all-day free event known as Gem City Shine.

The tickets, given out by random only to local people through a lottery, totaled 20,000  plus thousands of others filling up the nearby streets downtown to hear and catch a glimpse of music and comedy legends on a perfect summer day in the Miami Valley. August 25, 2019, will be the day known going forward when Dayton reclaimed its streets from violence and hatred first started by the unwelcome demonstration by the Ku Klux Klan in May, followed by the awful destruction caused by a swarm of 14 confirmed tornadoes on the evening of Memorial Day. We are Dayton Strong!



Faith Communities and Combatting Poverty in Dayton

Our latest temporary exhibit explores the reasons behind and the solutions for solving the scourge of poverty in the Miami Valley. With the help from faith-based communities as well as secular organizations, the war on poverty in Dayton is complex and ever-changing, thanks to recent events such as the 14 tornadoes that ripped through the area on Memorial Day.

The exhibit examines the long history of racism and discrimination that impeded progress and home-ownership in mostly African-American neighborhoods and the scourge of government and bank policies of redlining and opportunity-mapping starting in the 1930’s. The exhibit features a Museum-produced short film to further highlight the role of various Miami Valley organizations to help eradicate hunger, joblessness, and poverty in our community.


museum members standing in front of an RV

Happy 15th Birthday Peace Museum!

Although we barely look like a teenager, the Peace Museum is deep into adolescence and celebrated our 15th birthday on May 27. To better help the Museum move forward in the next 15 years, we are bringing back our new and improved way of supporting America’s Only Peace Museum through an annual or sustaining membership at levels for everyone. Please support the work of the museum by showing your support and joining now: Membership.

Every Wednesday is Zensday at the Peace Museum! Saturday Yoga is Here!

We offer free meditation at 5:15 pm followed by yoga with Kaye at 6 pm. Bring your reusable water bottle and mat or borrow one of ours. Saturday morning is also another opportunity for yoga (free for members!) at 10 am. in Holbrooke Hall.


Other things to note!

  • Save the date for next October 1-4th for the University of Dayton’s Human Rights 4-day conference. Check out the Events calendar.


  • The Museum is completely updating the Dayton Peace Accords exhibit and needs help from those people who were involved 24 years ago. Look for events and opportunities to see this amazing new permanent museum exhibit in October!