A $16,000 grant
from the Tourism Commission of Oregon City will support an exhibit next spring commemorating
the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. The exhibit will open in
spring 2014 and will be on display until August.
Martin Kaplan, a
part-time instructor at the college and a former Peace Corps volunteer applied
for the grant. Kaplan is president of the Committee for a Museum of the Peace
Corps Experience (CMPCE).
The exhibit will
be displayed in three or four college buildings and will feature panels that include
information on all phases of Peace Corps service from recruitment, overseas
service and finally the return home. In
addition there will be many examples of art and artifacts brought back to the
United States by returned Peace Corps volunteers from their countries of
The Peace Corps
started in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, who challenged students to serve
their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing
countries. Kaplan joined the Peace Corps in 1962 and served two years in
“I was inspired by
JFK’s words ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for
your country,’” he said. “I thought if I ever had grandchildren, I’d want to be
able to tell them what I did in the Peace Corps.”
The CMPCE has
sponsored exhibits about the Peace Corps in the Portland area. The nonprofit
organization is working to build a museum in the Portland area that will house
items that Peace Corps volunteers brought home with them from overseas.
information, contact Martin Kaplan, 503-699-9833.