Week 3 Challenge

Week 3

Toward Peace - A Mission Inn Foundation Project






About the Toward Peace project

Frank Miller, the founder of the Mission Inn in Riverside, is most well known as an entrepreneurial hotelman and unabashed Southern California booster.  In the years before the United States entered the first world war, Miller was an active member of a broad-based national coalition lobbying for the United States to stay out of the war and to play an active role in negotiating an end to European hostilities.  By the end of his life (he died in 1935) Miller was celebrated and memorialized as a peace advocate – the peace and friendship tower on Mt. Rubidoux having been dedicated to him by the residents of Riverside.  

The Mission Inn foundation’s multi-faceted project, Toward Peace, will explore Miller’s peace activism in fuller historical and contemporary contexts – inviting our community to learn more about, and think more deeply on Miller’s peace activism and our local history. Together, we will also contemplate the legacies this community heritage may provide as we navigate our roles and responsibilities as world citizens in challenging times.  Learn more about the Toward Peace project by visiting www.missioninnmuseum.org/towardpeace.  

To complete this challenge: Run, walk, bike or otherwise move 1K, anywhere you like, representing one historic site in the challenge, for a total of 5K per challenge per week. Take a selfie or another picture of you and your friends at each historic site and share it on www.missioninnrun.org and your own social media with the hashtag #MissionInnRun. Not in Riverside? You can still meet the challenge by completing the distance component.  

How to submit your results: Visit www.missioninnrun.org and click on the Results page. Click Submit Results and log in.  In the drop-down button, select the Riverside Historic Landmark Weekly Challenge, select which historic site you visited, fill in your distance/time information and submit!


Peace and Friendship Tower – Mt. Rubidoux

4706 Mt. Rubidoux Drive

Designed by Arthur B. Benton, the Peace and Friendship Tower was conceived and funded by community donations to recognize the work of Frank Miller in promoting Civic Beauty, Community Righteousness and World Peace.


Mission Inn Hotel & Spa – International Rotunda Wing 

6th and Main Street

The final major addition to the Mission Inn designed by Riverside architect G. Stanley Wilson features some of the Mission Inn’s most famous spaces:  The St. Francis Chapel, the Famous Flyers Wall, the Court of the Orient, and the International Rotunda featuring emblems, crests and symbols of nations, individuals and organizations across the globe.  The Amistad (friendship) dome marks the Inn’s northwest corner.


First Congregational Church 

3504 Mission Inn Avenue

Historical church designed by Myron Hunt.  Frank Miller was an active member and many of the peace advocates he invited to Riverside spoke here including the nationally renowned Social Gospel minister Washington Gladden.


Peace Pole at the Universalist-Unitarian Church

3525 Mission Inn Avenue

An international movement to install Peace poles across the globe.  A peace pole is a 4-6 ft obelisk with the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages.  This Peace Pole is on the Lemon Street side of the church.


Downtown Walk of Peace 

Main Street

These statues of four diverse 20th century civil rights, justice, immigration and independence leaders were conceived, championed and funded by various community groups in cooperation with the City of Riverside.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Main Street Mall at 9th Street) – 1999

Dosan Ahn Chang-ho (Main Street Mall at University Avenue) - 2001

Mahatma Gandhi (Main Street Mall at Mission Inn Avenue) 2005

Cesar Chavez (Main Street Mall at University Avenue) - 2013


Upcoming Toward Peace Events:



In 1925, friends and neighbors of Frank Miller, raised funds and built a “Peace and Friendship Tower” on Mt. Rubidoux to honor Miller, the founder of the Mission Inn. This presentation will take a deeper look at Miller’s peace activities. We will also explore his connections with national and international peace activists and learn how Miller’s ideas were part of larger national and international movements.


As we struggle through the Covid-19 global event, Professor Ransom will explore the history of previous generations’ responses to such large-scale global events – and discuss the roles and uses of history itself in understanding such events.


Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and exploring the connections between suffrage and the pre-World War peace movements.


"The Magic Garden” (Kazakhstan) Two friends who find a bag of gold and want to use it for the sake of the people.  After many twists and turns their wish is fulfilled in a most unexpected way.


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