Brief History of CMPCE
Winter 1999 - Discussions among members of the Columbia River Peace Corps Association focused on establishing a Peace Corps museum. An organizing committee was formed, leading to the Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience.
2000 - Committee was incorporated as an Oregon Nonprofit Corporation
January 2000 - First business grant ($750 ) from Burdick/Burn Art Resource Inc.
March 2000 - Tax-exempt status as 501(c)(3) private, non-profit was granted in Oregon
March 2001 - “Artifacts and Anecdotes: Celebrating Forty Years of Peace Corps Service,” first exhibit opened at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, Oregon
Winter 2002 - First technical assistance grant ($1200) to support training received from Portland Metro Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)
Spring 2002 - Board development. Training conducted by Sam Shogren, museum specialist
September 2002 - Bill Stein, President CMPCE attended National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) conference celebrating Peace Corps 40th Anniversary, Washington, D.C.
March 2003 - Lent artifacts to the John F. Kennedy exhibit at the I. M. Pei German History Museum, Bonn, Germany
June-August 2003 - “The Peace Corps Experience: Celebrations, Events and Games,” second exhibit. Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Main Library, Portland, Oregon
July 2003 - Hosted reception during NPCA Group Leaders conference, Portland, Oregon
July 2005 - “The Peace Corps Experience: Bringing the World Home,” third exhibit. Art Institute of Portland
2006 – Discussed Museum project with participants at Peace Corps/NPCA open house at Portland State University
June 16, 2007 - Participated with exhibit and table space at the Day of the African Child. World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon.
2008/09 - Exhibited artifacts, gave presentations in collaboration with the International School, Beaverton, Oregon
March-June 2011 - “50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps,” fourth exhibit with workshops. Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon
2013 - Grant ($16,000) from Oregon City Chamber of Commerce
2014 - Various exhibits and workshops, including drum making and Satori Men’s Chorus featuring Men Singing Peace. Clackamas Community College, Portland Community College, Clark College, and two libraries in southwest Washington
January-July 2015 - Panels and banners from the “50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps” exhibit became centerpiece at the Dayton International Peace Museum in Dayton, Ohio.
January-May 2016 - Panels and banners from the “50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps” exhibited at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio
March 19, 2016 - History of CMPCE, its exhibits and vision presented to NPCA Group Leaders from Pacific Northwest region. Portland Community College. Attendees included Glenn Blumhorst, NPCA President, and Patricia Wand, NPCA Board Director Emerita
September 2016 - Nicola Dino, CMPCE President, attended Peace Corps Connect Conference marking 55th Anniversary of Peace Corps. Convened first national CMPCE meeting. Presented at NPCA Group Leaders Forum and sponsored an exhibit table. George Washington University, Washington DC.
August 2017 - Planning Retreat, all members of CMPCE. Preceding NPCA Peace Corps Connect conference. University of Denver, Colorado