The RPCV Oral History Project was begun by Robert Klein (Ghana I) more than twenty years ago. After his death in 2012, RPCVs continued his work, collaborating with the JFK Library and now the University of Kentucky. The Oral History Project is a NPCA Affiliate group. All RPCVs are eligible to participate. The Oral History team includes RPCVs Evelyn Ganzglass, Pat Wand, and Cedar Wolf.
Here is more information from the Oral History Project newsletter:
“Over the past few months, we’ve been focusing primarily on two topics: COVID-19 Evacuees, and Many Faces Peace Corps. We have interviewed 60 PCVs who were evacuated from their sites due to Peace Corps suspension of programs in March 2020. The Many Faces of Peace Corps collection focuses on the diverse Peace Corps community, particularly those from under-represented populations. Excerpts of some of those interviews have been compiled into a short video for the Museum of the Peace Corps Experience’s “Peace Corps at 60” exhibition. You can learn more about the exhibit and view that video by clicking this link
We are now prioritizing interviews with volunteers who served in the 1960’s. A particular group we’d like to hear from is those who attended the March 1961 American University student conference where characteristics of Peace Corps were debated and recommendations were made to Sargent Shriver and his team. If you were there, or know somebody who was (even if they did not eventually volunteer), please get in touch with us.
If you’ve already been interviewed, we thank you for sharing your story. If you’ve signed up to be interviewed but have not yet been contacted, we will get to you as soon as we can. If you haven’t signed up to be interviewed, please do so by clicking this link.
— The OHAP Leadership Team