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      Peace Corps volunteers' items go to Smithsonian

      WASHINGTON (AP) - The Peace Corps is donating objects from volunteers to the political history collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

      The items being donated Wednesday include brochures, posters and correspondence from volunteers that have served around the world over the past 50 years. The collection includes a congratulatory letter from the White House signed by President John F. Kennedy, who created the Peace Corps.

      The museum also will receive a sign that hung at the original Peace Corps office in Ghana, the first country to host Peace Corps volunteers.

      The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary.