The topic of our March meeting will be a book by Jack and Angene Wilson,
Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers
After serving as Peace Corps Volunteer teachers in the first group in Liberia (1962-64, Jack and Angene Wilson and their two young daughters lived in Sierra Leone (1966-68) and Fiji (1970-72) when Jack was Peace Corps Associate Director and Director. Jack was also desk officer for Nigeria and The Gambia in 1969. In retirement, after careers as administrator in Environmental Protection in Ohio and Kentucky (Jack) and as a University of Kentucky College of Education professor (Angene), they began in 2004 interviewing RPCVs with Kentucky connections from all five decades for the Nunn Oral History Center at the University of Kentucky.
Their book Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers, based on about 100 interviews transcribed and online, was published by University Press of Kentucky in 2011 and republished in paperback in 2021. In 11 chapters, the book follows the Peace Corps Volunteer experience from Why We Went, Getting In, and Training through Living, The Toughest.., Job You’ll Ever Have, Telling Stories, and Friends Can Become Family to Coming Home, Making a Difference, and Citizens of the World for the Rest of Our Lives.
Reading the book is not required to join us in this session, but if you would like to read it before hand you can find it on Amazon, or on many used book websites. CLICK HERE to order it on Amazon -