Conference attendees urged to “Save Your Place in History”
Three collections preserving Peace Corps Volunteer experiences came together to offer an eye-opening session on preserving your experience during 2021 Peace Corps Connect conference.
“Save Your Place in History” (Fri. Sept. 24, 2021) informed Returned Peace Corps Volunteers how to be interviewed for the Peace Corps Oral History Archive, donate an object (with or without a story) to Museum of the Peace Corps Experience, and deposit photos, letters, diaries, training papers, and videos in Peace Corps Community Archive.
Presenters urged former volunteers and staff to become part of the rich web of global connections and individual experiences that form the story of Peace Corps. The three projects preserve valuable Peace Corps-related records in collections that can be used by researchers and students and enjoyed by anyone.
Project presenters and their contacts:
- Violet Esipila (Ukraine 2017-2020), Leadership Team, Peace Corps Oral History Archive peacecorpsoralhistory.org
- Avriel Glass (Indonesia 2019 – 2020), Collections Team, Museum of the Peace Corps Experience peacecorpsmuseum.org
- Leslie Nellis, Associate Archivist, Peace Corps Community Archive, American University Library https://blogs.library.american.edu/pcca/
Their key message to RPCVs is Step forward. Save your place in history.
View the video recording here.
Private collection 2158. Courtesy of the artist and Mrs.