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Letter from the CMPCE President

April 2016

The Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience (CMPCE) is moving forward!

Our small but mighty committee recently participated in the National Returned Peace Corps (NPCA) group leaders regional meeting, Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon.  The president and CEO of NPCA, Glenn Blumhorst presided at the meeting.  Glenn told us about activities and new initiatives that are in place to support affiliate groups.  One change is that NPCA affiliate groups will be able to use the NPCA 501 (c) (3) status for tax deductible donations and the second is building a group-specific webpage through the NPCA website.

This is great news for us, although we are already a 501 (c) (3) and a NPCA affiliate member, it means that we can begin to grow our network in ways we haven’t before.  This is a crucial time in our journey towards realizing a brick and mortar or even virtual museum.  We are the only group to date, that has laid a foundation to support the third goal in this way, received grants and had actual exhibits.  We also know, through talking with other RPCVs around the country that there are many who want and know that a museum is so important in preserving the legacy of Peace Corps. Glenn is on board to help us in any way he can to keep this momentum going.

This is our call for action. We would like to hear from you.  If you want to participate in PC’s third goal with us, let us know. We can use help with grants, receiving and archiving artifacts, contacting your local RPCV group to tell them about the project, would like to have a temporary exhibit in your locale or lend financial support or just tell us you like the idea!

Contact information is on our Home page.

Thank you,

Nicola Dino

President, RPCV

Ecuador 1993-1997

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Meade

Letter from the CMPCE President

May 2015

Our 50th celebration panels are on the move!

The beautiful panels created for us to display at the Oregon Historical Society in 2011 are being displayed at the Dayton International Peace Museum.  The exhibit  began In mid January and will continue through mid July. 

The panels will be used to focus on the Peace Corps Experience, our role in furthering world peace, which aligns with their own mission.  They report an all-time high in attendance with over 2500 people visiting as of mid May.
For additional information about the museum, the website is:

Here are some pictures from Dayton International Peace Museum’s Facebook site.

Following their time at Dayton, the panels will be moved to Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. This will be the perfect followup to their hosting a conference and workshops with the Peace Corps earlier.   The panels  and banners will be part of an exhibit in 2016 running from January Through May. 

Wilmington College is a liberal arts college.  They have a strong Peace heritage and promote  peacemaking and reconciliation.  Their website is:

(Update)  Here are some
pictures of the Wilmington
College exhibit in the
Quaker Heritage Center
that they sent us.

We are pleased to
collaborate with these
two institutions whose
missions are clearly
compatible with ours.
It is our wish that we
continue to reach out
and be sought out to
bring our message to
the American culture.

Thank you,

Nicola Dino


Ecuador 1993-1997


On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience (CMPCE) opened their exhibit titled, The Peace Corps:  50 Years of Service.  This show was part of the International Week Celebration at the college.

The opening day celebration began at 10:00 AM in the Niemeyer Center with remarks from Dr. Joanne Truesdell and Senator Michael Dembrow of the Oregon Legislature and was followed by a concert of songs by the men’s chorus, Satori.

Following that performance visitors were able to view the exhibit including panels that cover all aspects of Peace Corps service and see the art and artifacts brought to the United States by RPCV’s from their countries of service.  Light refreshments were served.

The rest of International Week at

the college had day long events including RPCV panel discussions, regional arts performances, and food from many countries.

Tuesday, April 29:  A special program of African drumming by the group Anansi Beat was followed by a drum making demonstration.  Regional foods were also featured.

Wednesday, April 30:  Asia was the focus with a discussion panel.

Thursday, May 1:  Latin America was featured including a panel discussion.

At the close of the 50th anniversary exhibit, OHS made a gift of the panels, banners, and videos to CMPCE so that we are now able to make them available to others to enhance their exhibits.  The panels and banners provided a wealth of information allowing visitors to get an intimate feel for the experience of Peace Corps Volunteers.   The work done by Bryan Potter Design and Infinity Images was amazing.  Many positive comments were also made about the videos, produced by Dennis Burkhart, in which returned PCVs related their experiences in various aspects of  Peace Corps service.