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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.