2000 MILE WALK
on The Trail of Hope
To raise awareness of the significance of Chief Tamanend, William Penn’s Treaty of Friendship and its principals of social justice, peace, liberty, freedom, and mutual respect, while connecting the history of our past to the events of present day, the Trail of Hope brings together universal truths among humankind.
A 2,000 mile walk lasting for six months will begin on March 23, 2011.
There will be no corporate sponsors and no cars following with supplies. Peter Prusinowski, a resident of Fishtown, will leave Penn Treaty Park at 9 a.m. to begin a solo journey.
Armed with his cameras, his walk will trace the Lenape Indian migration from the Delaware Valley to Bartlesville, Oklahoma and highlight events along the way on what he is calling “The Trail of Hope.”
Prusinowski came to the United States from Poland in 1976. His love of history and a discovery of the world of photography merged and began to shape his new life. The story of William Penn and Tamanend and their 1682 Treaty of Friendship became part of what he feels is his destiny. “My desire to spread the life altering elements of love, peace and friendship among humanities mirrored the very intentions of William Penn in 1682 along the riverbank in the same neighborhood I immigrated to.”
Prusinowski views the walk as a journey of sharing, discovery and reflection. He will take along still and video cameras to preserve the stories he will hear along the way. He will tell his own story about finding purpose in one’s life and how together we can make a difference in our world. He will photograph sites that tell of the past and the present. Ultimately, the photographs of his experiences on the Trail of Hope will be presented in an exhibit to inspire peace, love and hope for future generations.
His route will take him across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas to Oklahoma. In addition to his cameras, he will carry only a cell phone, laptop computer and a small backpack. He plans to walk about 20 miles a day and then will stop at night along the way. “I believe that the gentle shadow of the Great Elm Tree’s canopy will follow me along this trail, like an eagle protecting me under its wings,” he said.
Prusinowski has established a blog www.TrailOfHopeBlog.com about his journey. He will update it as he walks. The Penn Treaty Museum, an online museum (penntreatymuseum.org), will also maintain contact with him.
On March 12 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. the Penn Treaty Museum will open its collection of Treaty of Friendship memorabilia to the public in honor of Prusinowski’s walk. There will be an opportunity to learn more about his journey as well view the oldest documented Native American artifacts ever found in Philadelphia. The Penn Treaty Museum is located at the corner of Delaware and Columbia Avenues in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.
On March 23 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. a ceremony will take place in Penn Treaty Park to start Peter Prusinowski’s journey at the site of the Treaty of Friendship.