Programs & Events
Peace Corps Exhibit Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps Volunteers in Malaysia Opens in Kedah State Library
On Thursday, May 3, the Deputy Chairman of the Kedah Library Board, Tuan Haji Mohamad Zuki bin Yussof and Press Attache Harvey Sernovitz jointly launched the Peace Corps Malaysia 50th Anniversary Photo Exhibit at the Kedah State Library in Alor Setar. The photo exhibit is the a part of the U.S. Embassy's efforts to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps in Malaysia. U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Paul W. Jones launched the initial photo exhibit at the KL Library with the Minister of Federal Territories in April. Kedah is the second stop for the photo exhibit, which is set to travel throughout Malaysia over the course of 2012.
A number of the guests who attended the photo exhibit launch had significant interactions with Peace Corps Volunteers in Kedah in the 60s and 70s. Dato Haji Shaarani bin Haji Hassan, Mr. Ebenezer George, and Mr. Gurdial Singh pinned up photos from the Peace Corps days to a corkboard, which is an interactive feature of the photo exhibit that allows any member of the public to contribute their own photos and stories to the photo exhibit. All three gentlemen shared personal connections with former Peace Corps Volunteers and expressed their appreciation of the work of the volunteers in fields of education, health, industrial development, and more in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
About 200 guests attended the exhibit launch, including government officers, educators, leaders from various organizations, and students. The launch is supported by the Lincoln Corner in Kedah, which features collections of English language materials on a variety of topics, including U.S. history, politics, literature, and other academic fields.