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Peace Corps re–opens three historic programs in Colombia, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone and surpasses the 200,000 mark in total Americans who have served overseas with the Peace Corps.

Throughout 2011, the Peace Corps commemorated 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. The following are milestones of the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary year.

October 13-16, 2010
Peace Corps notables join the University of Michigan to commemorate the 1960 campaign speech by then-Sen. John F. Kennedy, which led to the agency's creation. Events are held in Ann Arbor, Mich.
February 28, 2011
The President of the United States of America issues a proclamation on the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps.
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March 1, 2011
Peace Corps commemorates 50 years of promoting world peace and friendship by honoring the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's signing of Executive Order 10924, formally establishing the Peace Corps.
Peace Corps Times 50th Edition
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Peace Corps Times 50th Edition
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Peace Corps Times 50th Edition
Milestones (PDF)
March 17, 2011
A panel discussion on the creation and early history of the Peace Corps is held at the National Archives. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and broadcaster Chris Matthews moderates the discussion. Panelists include award-winning broadcaster and journalist Bill Moyers, former U.S. Ambassador Jack Hood Vaughn, and Senator Harris Wofford – all of whom held leadership roles during the first several years of the agency's existence.
June 30–July 11, 2011
Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011
The Peace Corps was one of three featured programs at the free Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This curated exhibition was one of the highlights of the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary commemorative activities. We were delighted to be part of an event that has been a summer staple in our nation's capitol for 44 years.
September 21, 2011
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents a concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, featuring singer and percussionist Youssou N'Dour, one of the most celebrated African musicians in history.
View the Performance
September 24, 2011
During an open house at Peace Corps headquarters, the agency displays the winning photos from Peace Corps official 50th anniversary photo contest. Out of more than 2,200 submissions from current and returned volunteers, 13 thought provoking, creative photos were showcased at the open house.
See all the Photo Contest Winners
September 25, 2011
Keynote speakers representing the full spectrum of the Peace Corps experience share reflections on the future of the Peace Corps community at Arlington National Cemetery. Following the program, RPCV/W and Returned Volunteers from around the world participate in a walk of flags from Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 139 Peace Corps countries.


Last updated Nov 20 2013

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