Today in 1961: President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order 10924, establishing the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State. He sends a message to Congress asking for permanent funding for the agency, which would send trained American men and women to foreign nations to assist in development efforts.
The Peace Corps captured the imagination of the U.S. public, and during the week following its creation, thousands of letters poured into Washington from young Americans hoping to volunteer.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is Trapped Talents: Justice through Art: a creative exploration of the criminal justice system. Experience the artistic expressions of individuals who have been imprisoned or criminalized. This is Saturday from 12:30 to 4pm at Edgewood College in The Stream – the fine arts building – at 1000 Edgewood College Drive. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow there will be a free public reading from A Sand County Almanac and other works by Aldo Leopold. Special musical interlude at 1pm with Tim Southwick Johnson. Listeners may drop in and out at any time. A detailed schedule of readers and essays is posted at uwarboretum.org/event. This is Saturday from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway. For more info, call 608-263-7888.
Sunday, sit back and enjoy music from the Latin quartet “Opan Jii.” from 2 to 3pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue. A small donation is appreciated. More info at olbrich.org.