Monday, August 28: President Kennedy hosts ceremony for the first group of Peace Corps volunteers. (Audio: @; video: @)
Tuesday, August 29: The volunteers leave for the African nations of Ghana and Tanganyika. (Left, members of Ghana I, before leaving Washington.)
Wednesday, August 30: Volunteers arrive.
* Timeline (from www.peacecorps.gov): @
* Founding Documents of the Peace Corps" (from National Archives): @
* Peace Corps News (Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1961): @
* First-person account of leaving for Ghana: @
* Peace Corps Ghana: @