WILMINGTON — From the application process to returning home after two years abroad, the new exhibit at the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center at Wilmington College explores what it is like to serve with the Peace Corps.
“Peace Corps: 50 Years of Service, Bringing the World Home” is running through May 27 with normal gallery hours weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and special Saturday hours Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 19, April 30 and May 21, from noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be closed March 10, 11 and 25.
The Peace Corps exhibit covers everything from where volunteers live to what they eat and what they do.
QHC curator Ruth Brindle said the exhibit’s “images and first-person stories bring the Peace Crops experience to life.” She added that the event, like all QHC exhibits, strives to connect the Wilmington College student experience with the wider world of Friends and Quakerism, while specifically reflecting WC’s Quaker-inspired values of community, diversity, peace and social justice, and service and civic engagement.
Special complementary programming also will be held throughout the semester.
Ross Hennesy of Quaker Voluntary Service will speak on “Stages of Spiritual Development: Is Quakerism Only for Old People?” Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the T. Canby Jones Meetnghouse and a panel discussion and fair highlighting global service will be featured Feb. 29, at 11:30 a.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center.
Also, a campus peace trivia contest is planned for March 2, at 9 p.m., in the Top of Pyle while the International Club’s Spring International Festival featuring food, music and festivities will be held March 22, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the McCoy Room.
An opening reception will be held for photographer John Noltner in recognition of his Harcum Art Gallery exhibit, “A Peace of My Mind: Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time,” March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs March 24 through April 20, weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by special appointment made with gallery curator Hal Shunk.