A Peace Corps training manual for the country Tanganyika. Several items from Peace Corps volunteers over the past 50 years are being donated to the Smithsonian. (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution)

A congraulatory letter signed by President John F. Kennedy to a Peace Corps volunteer. (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution)

The Smithsonian also recognized the Peace Corps with an exhibition spanning the organization’s world wide impact over the past fifty years during the 2011 Folklife Festival, which included crafts, food, music and dance.

Peace Corps button. (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution)

Adds Williams “...this collection reflects decades of service from Americans who have worked alongside countless communities promoting world peace and friendship.”

“This is an honor for the Peace Corps to be included in such a significant American institution.”

The National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th sts, NW. For more information, visit mnh.si.edu.