The Committee for a Museum of the Peace Corps Experience (CMPCE) is devoted to sharing the Peace Corps story with the broader public.

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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.

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.

"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. 

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.

New From The Sargent Shriver Summit

The Sargent Shriver Summit is just concluded and the Committee for a Peace Corps Museum was present and a participant in the conference.  Nicola Dino, co-chair of the committee was present on a panel discussion and Pat Wand was present virtually in a video.

If you would like to see the three and a half minute video Pat Wand presented, click below. 



We hope you'll join us in making the online museum and the physical museum a place that inspires people to work for peace in a world in great need of more peace.