jfklibrary:

Maria von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters who were portrayed in “The Sound of Music,” died on Tuesday at her home in Stowe, Vt. She was 99.
Years later, the matriarch of the Von Trapp family, also named Maria, penned this letter to President Kennedy, offering her advice on the Peace Corps.The elder and younger Maria both acted as missionaries in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
From the White House Name File, Box 2821, Trapp

jfklibrary:

Maria von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters who were portrayed in “The Sound of Music,” died on Tuesday at her home in Stowe, Vt. She was 99.

Years later, the matriarch of the Von Trapp family, also named Maria, penned this letter to President Kennedy, offering her advice on the Peace Corps.The elder and younger Maria both acted as missionaries in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

From the White House Name File, Box 2821, Trapp

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On the 50th anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. We trace our roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His inspiration led to the establishment of this agency in 1961 with a mission to promote world peace and friendship.
Today, we are more vital than ever, working in collaboration with public and private partners in emerging and essential areas such as education, information technology, agriculture and environment, and business development in countries around the world. The Peace Corps is committed to giving all Americans who want to serve the opportunity to make a difference and bring their experience back home to enrich their communities here in the United States.

Since 1961, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds have responded to Kennedy’s enduring challenge, demonstrating how the power of an idea can capture the imagination of an entire nation.

On the 50th anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. We trace our roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His inspiration led to the establishment of this agency in 1961 with a mission to promote world peace and friendship.

Today, we are more vital than ever, working in collaboration with public and private partners in emerging and essential areas such as education, information technology, agriculture and environment, and business development in countries around the world. The Peace Corps is committed to giving all Americans who want to serve the opportunity to make a difference and bring their experience back home to enrich their communities here in the United States.

Since 1961, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds have responded to Kennedy’s enduring challenge, demonstrating how the power of an idea can capture the imagination of an entire nation.

(Source: 1.usa.gov)

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ourpresidents:

It’s Peace Corps Week 
Peace Corps Week commemorates the date President John F. Kennedy signed the executive order to establish the Peace Corps, March 1, 1961.
Learn more about the Peace Corps and the Volunteers who are making a different in host countries around the world here.Pictured: President Kennedy hands the pen used to sign the Peace Corps Act to his brother-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver, who he had designated as the Corps founding Director.
-JFK and the Peace Corps from the JFK Library

ourpresidents:

It’s Peace Corps Week

Peace Corps Week commemorates the date President John F. Kennedy signed the executive order to establish the Peace Corps, March 1, 1961.

Learn more about the Peace Corps and the Volunteers who are making a different in host countries around the world here.


Pictured: President Kennedy hands the pen used to sign the Peace Corps Act to his brother-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver, who he had designated as the Corps founding Director.

-JFK and the Peace Corps from the JFK Library

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
President John F. Kennedy greets the first group of departing Peace Corps Volunteers, leaving for Tanganyika and Ghana, in the the Oval Office. Photographer: Robert Knudsen/White House, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

President John F. Kennedy greets the first group of departing Peace Corps Volunteers, leaving for Tanganyika and Ghana, in the the Oval Office.

Photographer: Robert Knudsen/White House, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

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ourpresidents:

Happy birthday, Peace Corps.  The toughest job you’ll ever love turns 50 this year; today marks the day that President Kennedy signed the Peace Corps Bill into law. 
Here’s to all the volunteers who have promoted peace and friendship around the world.  This photo from the 1960s features a Peace Corps Volunteer in Instanbul.
If you aren’t already following the Peace Corps on Tumblr, you can see many more pictures of volunteers at work here.

ourpresidents:

Happy birthday, Peace Corps.  The toughest job you’ll ever love turns 50 this year; today marks the day that President Kennedy signed the Peace Corps Bill into law. 

Here’s to all the volunteers who have promoted peace and friendship around the world.  This photo from the 1960s features a Peace Corps Volunteer in Instanbul.

If you aren’t already following the Peace Corps on Tumblr, you can see many more pictures of volunteers at work here.

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congressarchives:

The concept of volunteers serving abroad on grass-roots foreign aid projects originated in Congress in the 1950s. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order. President Kennedy then sent this letter to Senate President (Vice President of the U.S.) Lyndon B. Johnson describing the successes of the Peace Corps program he had established. Kennedy included a draft bill authorizing the Peace Corps with his letter. Kennedy’s draft bill was identical to the bill Senator Hubert H. Humphrey introduced on June 1, 1961. President Kennedy signed S. 2000 into law on September 22, 1961. The Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011.

Letter from President Kennedy to Lyndon Johnson, 5/29/1961, Records of the U.S. Senate

S. 2000, Peace Corps bill, 6/1/1961, Records of the U.S. Senate

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