National Museum of American History receives Peace Corps objects

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WASHINGTON, DC.- Peace Corps director Aaron S. Williams donated objects from Peace Corps volunteers to the political history collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Peace Corps is marking its 50th anniversary and gathered this collection by reaching out to its membership for objects representing the experiences of volunteers stationed around the world. The donation includes documents, brochures, posters and correspondence, a congratulatory letter from the White House signed by President John F. Kennedy and the sign that hung at the original Peace Corps office in Ghana, the first country to host Peace Corps volunteers. “The varied objects in this collection document both the personal and institutional histories of this remarkable and very American organization, which over the past 50 years has changed the lives of so many individuals around the world,”