Coffee Cup Toasts to Peace Corps
The Idaho RPCV group celebrates Peace Corps’ birthday in grand traditional style
by Sam Greer (Addis 66-68)
During March and April 2011, the Idaho Historical Museum in Boise celebrated 50 Years of Peace Corps with displays from fifteen countries representing places where Idaho PCVs served. The opening week activities included an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony that I helped coordinate on First Thursday Night.
Over 250 guests enjoyed that evening’s traditional ceremony hosted by Belaynesh Tesfamariam whose family is one of those whose Habitat Home was built with local RPCV labor. Also assisting Belaynesh and me were Essey Tilahun, son of the PE instructor at the school I taught at 45 years ago. Essey’s fiancé, Bruktawit Antalew, also joined in.
More than 5,000 people visited the two month exhibit in Boise. It travelled to East Idaho in the spring, and will end up in North Idaho in the fall. The moving forces behind this in depth Peace Corps experience are Heather Jasper (Morocco, 2005–07) and Kristi Brumley (Bulgaria 1998–2000). The accompanying photo was taken by Pat Hughes (Thailand 1971–74).