Archive - February 10, 2015

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Dean Rusk’s Directive to all Embassies: Do Not Involve Peace Corps Volunteers
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Nominations Accepted for 2014 Peace Corps Writer Awards

Dean Rusk’s Directive to all Embassies: Do Not Involve Peace Corps Volunteers

Dean Rusk, Secretary of State during the Kennedy Administration, spelled out the role of the Peace Corps in Foreign Policy in this directive.This Airgram went out to all embassies in the Third World.  The actual document was scanned by the Research Staff at the JFK Library and received  February 3, 2015.  The document comes from National Security Files, Box 284, Peace Corps: General, 1/63-3/63. Here are scans of the original document. Side 1 – click for larger image . Side 2 – click for larger image The actual text in the scan of the original document is hard to read when it is reproduced.  I have typed this text from that scan of the original copy, as follows: From: DEPARTMENT OF STATE Date:  March 25, 1963 SUBJECT: PEACE CORPS ROLE IN U. S. FOREIGN POLICY The Peace Corps has been in operation for two years. From the beginning of the Peace . . .

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Nominations Accepted for 2014 Peace Corps Writer Awards

Please nominate your favorite book published in 2014 and written by an RPCV, PCV or Peace Corps Staff. Anyone may nominate any book, even their own. Certificates and a small cash prize will be presented at the NPCA Conference this coming June at Berkeley, California. These awards from Peace Corps Writers have been given out since 1990  to encourage, recognize and promote Peace Corps writers. Awards are given in the following categories: The Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award The Maria Thomas Fiction Award The Award for Best Poetry Book The Award for Best Travel Book The Award for Best Children’s Book The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Memoir Award The Award for Best Photography Book Editors Special Awards

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