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    Peace Corps

    On October 14, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy spoke to the students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor during a campaign speech and challenged them to live and work in developing countries around the world, thus dedicating themselves to the cause of peace and development. That idea inspired the beginning of the Peace Corps.

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara J. Wylie in Katmandu, Nepal
    1963

    Accession Number: PX65-2:44 Description: (original Peace Corps caption) Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara J. Wylie, 33, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, is an English teacher in Katmandu, Nepal. An outside project is a school which she has started for the children of untouchable servants in her neighborhood. Normally these children would ge...

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    Crossing Borders Through Literature, Poetry and Personal Stories

    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site presented Crossing Borders - Through Literature, Poetry and Personal Stories, a conference for teachers of grades 3-8 and school librarians. More than 100 people gathered at the Library on Apr...

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    PX65-2:44 (crop) Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara J. Wylie teaches children in Katmandu, Nepal.
    Circa 1960s

    Accession Number: PX65-2:44 (crop) Description: Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara J. Wylie, 33, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, is an English teacher in Katmandu, Nepal. An outside project is a school which she has started for the children of untouchable servants in her neighborhood. Normally these children would get little or no schooling...

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    50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

    Former Peace Corps volunteers Sarah Chayes, Chris Dodd, Elaine Jones, Joe Kennedy III and Paul Theroux share their memories of serving and how their experiences changed their lives. Stanley Meisler, author of When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years, moderates.

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    Robert Ford (2012)

    Robert S. Ford began serving a recess appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria in January  2011; his appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 2011. He is the first  American ambassador posted to Damascus since 2005, when the U.S. withdrew its diplomatic presence amid tensions over the Iraq war, human rights complaints, and the ...

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    Peace Corps

    Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their comm...

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    About our Collections: Oral History Program

    More than 1,600 oral history interviews offering rich recollections of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and the Peace Corps.

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    JFK Presidential Library Opens Sargent Shriver Collection (February 1, 2005)
    0/1/2005

    Boston, MA — The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it has processed and made available for research the personal papers of R. Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law to President Kennedy, and a man who offered this country decades of public service as the first director of the Peace Corps, as the first director of t...

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Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara J. Wylie in Katmandu, Nepal

PX65-2:44 (crop): Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara J. Wylie in Katmandu, Nepal, 1963

Accession Number: PX65-2:44 Description: (original Peace Corps captio...