Welcome to the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience

The Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience (CMPCE) is devoted to sharing Peace Corps stories.


Why a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience?

Peace Corps Volunteers carry home their stories, their changed world perspectives and tangible artifacts associated with memorable situations.  We believe these objects and experiences should be preserved and made public through web-based virtual exhibits and in a physical museum.

The purpose of the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience is to extend the reach of Peace Corps beyond international host communities and individual volunteers.  By exhibiting artifacts and telling Peace Corps stories to far-reaching audiences the Committee hopes to inspire deeper cultural understanding and a commitment to service.

The Committee, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is an affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association and embraces all three Peace Corps goals:

  1. Help the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women.  
  2. Help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

As an institutional member of the Alliance of American Museums, the Museum preserves and exhibits artifacts, shares Peace Corps stories and educates viewers, all in compliance with best practices and the highest standards of museum management.

Seasons Greetings


Geri Critchley (Senegal) joins Peter Deekle (Iran), Pat Wand (Colombia), Johan and Susan Severtson (Sierra Leone) at the RPCV/W Holiday Party, December 8, 2018 in Washington DC.

"For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace."
~  President John F. Kennedy, March 1, 1961. 




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Since President John F. Kennedy introduced the Peace Corps almost sixty years ago more than 220,000 American women and men of all ages have served in a variety of assignments in 140 countries. While working in cross-cultural environments, volunteers acquire records of their experiences and come home with many stories and artifacts from their service abroad.


A message from Patricia Wand

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We hope you'll join us as we work to share the legacy of the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps Connect Conference 2018 at Shawnee

The Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience is a (501)(c)(3) private nonprofit corporation not affiliated with the U.S. Peace Corps and is not acting on behalf of the U.S. Peace Corps.