1961 News Wednesdays: Peace Corps Established

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued an Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps,

To promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps, which shall make available to interested countries and areas men and women of the United States qualified for service abroad and willing to serve, under conditions of hardship if necessary, to help the peoples of such countries and areas in meeting their needs for trained manpower.

1961 Peace Corps logo

Kennedy saw the Peace Corps as an antidote to the “Ugly American” stereotype around the world and intended it as a way to ask all Americans to serve their country, each in their own way. Kennedy’s Brother-in-Law, Sergeant Shriver, was appointed to run it. Over 200,000 people have served in the Peace Corps since it began.

1961 Fashion Tuesday – Jacqueline Kennedy

You can’t talk about Fashion in 1961 without mentioning Jacqueline Kennedy. She was a Fashion Leader in her day and still looks so elegant now.

President John Kennedy’s Inauguration happened in January 1961 and Jackie’s outfits set the tone for women’s fashions for years to come.

1961 Jackie Kennedy OC Blogger Bash 50th Anniversary Notice the prim, modest look. The winter coat (it was January, after all) has oversized buttons and is probably made of nice thick wool. The now-famous pill box hat kept her warm and looked very smart. And the fur muff kept her hands nice and warm for meeting dignitaries and offering her hand for a kiss.

And I have to mention how elegant Mr. President looks in his top hat, white tie and tails.

We’ll all need to step it up when dressing for the OC Blogger Bash on September 24, Ladies & Gentlemen!

{Photo credit: Kennedy Library}