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Peace Corps at 60

Inside the Volunteer Experience

An exhibition presented by Museum of the Peace Corps Experience in partnership with American University Museum.

Museum of the Peace Corps Experience celebrates Peace Corps 60th anniversary with an exhibit featuring objects and stories by 30 volunteers who served 1961-2020. The exhibition was co-hosted and installed at American University Museum, Katzen Art Center, Washington D.C., March 3 – August 9, 2021.

Tour the exhibition – Introduced by Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of American University Museum, and guided by Nicola Dino and Patricia Wand, Co-chairs of Museum of the Peace Corps Experience.

View virtual exhibition – Hover over photos of objects and read stories that bring them to life.

Read exhibit catalog online

Order the 6″x9″, 85-page exhibit catalog featuring color photos and stories contributed by returned Peace Corps volunteers. $20

Email: contactus@peacecorpsmuseum.org

View exhibition opening event March 3, 2021

Many Faces of Peace Corps, 60th Anniversary March 3, 2021 – a production of Museum of the Peace Corps Experience and the Peace Corps Oral History Project. These stories broaden our understanding of the diversity of Peace Corps volunteers and their experiences. They were recorded through oral history interviews conducted by fellow returned volunteers.

Student Voices – where American University students discuss their experiences as Peace Corps volunteers and share their thoughts on the organization’s future.

Watch “Peace Corps 2.0: A Symposium”March 31, 2021 – This symposium was held in conjunction with the exhibition “Peace Corps at 60: Inside the Volunteer Experience,” presented by Museum of the Peace Corps Experience and American University Museum.

From its inception the Peace Corps has offered an alternative path for advancing peace and promoting friendship among nations. This exhibition brings home and showcases objects and stories from 30 volunteers. They represent a sampling of the nearly 240,000 individuals who have served since the Peace Corps’ creation six decades ago.


Peace Corps Volunteer Harry Birnholz (Benin 1974–77) and local farmers try a weed-management farming technique using animal traction.