On May 14, 2002, in the first invitation of its kind to be extended to a college dance troupe, 20 Beloit students performed Wreath of Memories, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Meyerhoff Theatre in Washington, D.C. The performance of a work choreographed by associate professor Chris Johnson about children living in Terezin, a Nazi ghetto, received an outstanding review in The Washington Post.
The piece was originally performed in the Chelonia Dance Concert in February of 2002, and received this invitation for an encore performance from officials at the museum through a visit by Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin. Ms. Godin visited campus in November 2001 to pre-view the dance and to speak to the Beloit community. She returned on opening night, Februrary 1, 2002, to extend the invitation.
Wreath of Memories was later performed and awarded the Grand Prix in an international dance festival in Moscow.
Professor Johnson traveled to Prague in May 2003 on a Global Partneres grant to do further research on the Holocaust and met Raja Zhadnikova, the woman whose story is portrayed in Wreath of Memories.