A Photographic Celebration: 60 Years of Peace Corps Service – Isthmus

press release: Since 1961, more than 60 years of Peace Corps, more than 240,000 volunteers have served in 142 countries around the world for many reasons: to work by invitation at the community level, to serve their country as mini-ambassadors of American goodwill, travel the world and feel comfortable sharing that experience back home. We respond to President John F. Kennedy’s message:

Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask yourself what you can do for your country.

For the past 34 years, returning Wisconsin-Madison Peace Corps Volunteers have celebrated Peace Corps service every month of the year by producing the International Calendar. For this 60and Anniversary, they have prepared a traveling exhibition from their photographic archives of photos that demonstrate the beauty and diversity of countries and peoples. These will be on display at Capitol Rotunda for two weeks from January 18-30 for self-guided public exploration.

As a special event, on Saturday, January 22, returning volunteers will be on site from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Talk Peace Corps to stand with the photos, answer questions, and talk about their service and what it meant to them. Copies of the 2022 International Calendar will be available along with Peace Corps Opportunity materials. The UW Campus Peace Corps Recruiter will also be available to answer questions about service for ages 18-92, or practical questions such as “how do I apply?” or “Are there other options besides a two-year commitment?”

The traveling exhibit is moving to the Sun Prairie Library for the month of February. Photos are available for public display at community centers, libraries, schools, churches and businesses.

Michael E. Marquez