Cutting 2

The Bell Memorial artist at work

The K-State Peace Pole is a work of art! It was created by Jim Bell and his family of sixth-generation stonemasons from Beloit, KS. Bell owns and operates Bell Memorials.

Traditional Peace Pole top

#1 - The piece of granite long enough for a 9' Peace Pole came from Georgia

The four languages on our pole are: Japanese, where the Peace Pole project began after WWII; Dzongkha, the language of Bhutan where progress is measured in terms of "gross national happiness"; the local Native American language of Potowatomi; and English.

Part of the dedication ceremony crowd, including a few of the drummers from the Manhattan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship who brought a heartbeat to the festivities.

Peace Pole plaque

Smudging Ceremony


Rev. Thea Nietfeld leading the dedication

Linda Teener, UFM director, cutting the ribbon

Peace Pole Plaque