About Us


The Museum of the Peace Corps Experience envisions connecting people around the world to inspire service and peace, showing that our common humanity is more fundamental than the cultures and ideas that separate us.


The Museum of the Peace Corps Experience collects and preserves stories and objects of material culture donated by volunteers who serve in communities around the globe. It fosters cultural understanding through education and promotes research on the impact of Peace Corps, encouraging visitors to serve—wherever they live, however they can.

Our Story

In 1999 a group of returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Portland, Oregon, established the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience. The group managed acquisition of objects, organized professionally curated exhibitions, and pursued funding sources.

The Portland committee expanded its membership and vision to the national level in 2016. Representatives from around the country met prior to the Peace Corps Connect 55th anniversary conference in Washington, DC, to strategize how to launch a national collaboration. The following year, the committee gathered for its first in-person planning retreat in Denver, in conjunction with the 2017 Peace Corps Connect.

The group formulated four strategic initiatives: operations, collections, fundraising, and technology. Goals focused on expanding the Museum’s operation and visibility, including logo and website design, accessioning and storing collections, launching of virtual exhibits, reestablishing a board of directors, securing paid staff, and identifying a site for the physical museum.

The Committee supports the three goals of Peace Corps:

  1. Help the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women.
  2. Help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

An institutional member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum preserves and exhibits objects, shares Peace Corps stories, and educates visitors, all in compliance with best practices and highest standards of museum management.

The Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience is a National Peace Corps Association affiliate and a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit corporation neither affiliated with nor acting on behalf of the U.S. Peace Corps.



Winter 1999

Columbia River Peace Corps Association (now Portland Peace Corps Association) members formed an organizing committee to create a Peace Corps museum

January 2000

Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience (CMPCE) awarded a business grant by Burdock-Burn Art Resource Inc.; Portland, OR

March 2000

CMPCE incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private Oregon nonprofit

Winter 2002

Technical assistance grant for Board development awarded by Regional Arts and Culture Council; Portland, OR

July 2003

Museum project introduced at National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Group Leaders annual meeting; Portland, OR

March 2016

Presentation at NPCA Group Leaders (Pacific Northwest Region) conference; Portland Community College

September 2016

Meeting to discuss expanding Museum project to national level. George Washington University Library; Washington, DC

Participated in Peace Corps Connect 55th anniversary conference. George Washington University; Washington, DC

July 2018

Reconstituted and expanded Board of Directors

September 2019

Coordinated exhibits for REACH Opening Festival and “The Towering Task; The Story of the Peace Corps” documentary at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, September 22, Washington, DC

March – August 2021

Sponsored “Peace Corps at 60: Inside the Volunteer Experience” exhibition, curated and installed at American University Museum, Washington, DC

September 2021

Contributed to “From Peace Corps to Black Lives Matter: Striving for Allyship at Home and Abroad” interactive session at 2021 Peace Corps Connect, 60th Anniversary Conference, National Peace Corps Association.


Charles Enciso

Tonga 1994-1997

 PC HQ Staff 1997-2002
Staff Philippines 2009-2012
Staff Nepal 2012-2014
CD Armenia 2014-2017

Robyn (King) Filonczuk

Niger 2009–2011

Ann Todd Jealous

Philippines 1963–1965

Charlaine Loriston

Guinea 2016-2017

Co-Founder, Many Faces of Peace Corps

Ron Myers

Malaysia 1972–1974

Brian Sekelsky

Tanzania 2016–2018

Susan Severtson

Sierra Leone 1964–1979, in memorium

Johan Severtson

Sierra Leone 1964–1966

Mark Standley

South Korea 1976–1979

Tadakazu Kumashiro

Namibia 2001-2003, In Memorium

Treasurer 2004-2012

Rachel Waterman

Dominican Republic 1993–1996


Martin Kaplan

Somali Republic 1962–1964, in memoriam

Past President 2003-2014

Bill Stein

Niger 1990–1993

Past President 2000-2002

Mike Renning

Niger 1995–1998

Past President 2002-2003