Objects and stories donated by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) anchor the Museum’s professionally curated collections. Items of interest include functional and decorative objects of material culture, such as occupational and household tools, textiles, ceramics, crafts, artworks, masks, and ceremonial items acquired during years of service.
Objects undergo a rigorous selection process. Each item submitted for consideration is assessed on the basis of its uniqueness, cultural significance, and condition, as well as quality of the story that may accompany it. Acceptance of an object does not guarantee that it will be exhibited; however, the Museum strives to display as much of its collection as possible.
Personal stories behind the items donated by volunteers are an important part of the Museum’s collections. A compelling story brings an object to life and enhances the visitor’s experience. It provides a cultural context in which to view the object and understand its meaning.
The Museum curates exhibits which may be lent to local and regional RPCV groups. Please contact the Museum for information.