The Peoria Holocaust Memorial is currently being renovated and refurbished. After eleven years of being on display outside, the elements, and the weight of the buttons have taken a toll on thestructures. We are taking steps to improve the internal structures in order to preserve them for the years to come. The buttons, glass, aluminum and other pieces are being stored and will be cleaned prior to reinstallation. The date of the re-opening is not yet available, but will be announced as soon as it is available.
The Peoria Holocaust Memorial Button Project, a community-based effort coordinated through
the Jewish Federation of Peoria, is a lasting educational memorial dedicated to the six million Jews and five million enemies of the state murdered during the Holocaust. The mission of this project is to teach the lessons and consequences of intolerance, prejudice and hatred.
Thank you to the thousands of you who donated buttons and helped us reach our goal of 11,000,000 buttons. This was a collaborative project among public and private schools and organizations throughout Peoria and the midwest. The buttons were hand-counted by members of the Peoria community. During the collection phase we received buttons from 49 states, 5 foreign countries (Canada, Singapore, China, Israel and England) and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. More Button Project Facts
We are still accepting donations that will assist us in maintenance and improvements to the Peoria Holocaust Memorial. Your donations will also provide resource materials, community education and awareness, and an audiovisual display. It is our hope that you will continue to help make a difference and send a tax exempt donation.
By working together we can teach the lessons of the consequences of intolerance, prejudice and hatred. You can help make a CHANGE FOR GOOD.
The Peoria Holocaust Memorial Button Project is located at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie off War Memorial Drive.