West Virginia Peace Corps oral histories sought

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers has received a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to fund the recording of interviews with former Peace Corps volunteers and staff.

The group, an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association, will work with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to preserve the legacy of the Peace Corps through interviews.

The interviews will be stored, cataloged and made available at the Kennedy Library, part of the National Archives and Records Administration. The West Virginia interviews also will become a part of the collection at the state Department of Archives and History.

Former volunteers and staff interested in being part of this project can send contact and basic information about their service in an email to westvirginiarpcv@gmail.com, with “interviews” in the subject line. Since 1961, more than 700 West Virginians have served in the Peace Corps.