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On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the American Peace Corps and on the 10th anniversary of the completion of its mission in Poland, the KARTA Centre has undertaken to commemorate the work of these volunteers in our country. The inspiration and support for this project has come from the Embassy of the United States of America in Warsaw. We have managed not only to reconstruct the Polish history of the Corps’ activities, to establish the names of all the volunteers, the places to which they were posted and the fields in which they worked but also to make contact with over 500 people who had links with the Corps.

The documentation we have amassed now constitutes a considerable collection in the archives of the KARTA Centre, and we are pleased to present a selection of this material. To this end, we have chosen to publish not just this multi-media presentation, but also features in the ‘Karta’ quarterly magazine and a brochure (which you can download above) – all of which we hope will familiarise people with this largely forgotten episode in the process of transformation which took place in Poland after the fall of the Communist system.

Don't hestitate to contact us, if you have any questions or want to share your holdings or memories about the American Peace Corps .

Agnieszka Kudełka (a.kudelka@karta.org.pl), Anna Richter (a.richter@karta.org.pl), Małgorzata Kudosz (m.kudosz@karta.org.pl), Alicja Wancerz-Gluza (a.gluza@karta.org.pl).

Tel. 00 48 22 848 07 12.