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Genna Wangsness

Genna Stead Wangsness (Shiraz, Tehran 1965-1971) serves as Peace Corps Iran’s historian.  Along with Doug Schermer (Semnan, Shahrud 1966-67), she has helped create a data base of as many of the 1748 volunteers who served in Iran.  Thanks to help from the National Peace Corps Association, at present we have the names of 1503 who served as PCVs and 70 Iranians and Americans who served as staff members.

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One of her projects is to maintain a list of those who we know are deceased.  At present there are 276 on that list.  She will brought to San Diego her Memorial Book listing names and obituaries she has gleaned mainly from public records.

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Genna has also been working on a history of the Peace Corps in Iran based on phone interviews and information from volunteers.  While it is a work in progress, she is well over 400-pages.

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If you are a volunteer who has not yet heard from her but would like to provide information on your training program and experiences as a volunteer, contact her at genna@peacecorpsiran.org.  Experiences both pro and con are welcomed.

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As in the past, Genna will hosted the historian’s table featuring notebooks showing each volunteer organized by group, the Memorial Book with the names and obituaries of those who have died, and other records, including a printout of the master data base. Genna was available at the table throughout the conference to visit with attendees.