Interview with Lenore Sheridan, April 28, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Lenore Sheridan served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan from 1967 to 1969 as a health volunteer. Some college friends questioned taking any role with the government because of opposition to the Vietnam War. Her cohort of 44 female volunteers trained in Brattleboro Vermont, with a two-week local immersion in rural towns with no money, no contacts and no lodging to force them to improvise to survive. Her entire cohort was part of an international project to eradicate smallpox, led by WHO. They went with male Afghan or international vaccinators on inoculation sorties to the provinces, in between staying 1-2 weeks in Herat or Kabul. While physical conditions were difficult and the support they received from the government was inadequate, she only had one memorable incident of friction as a Western woman in Afghanistan. On her return, her biggest culture shock was from the women’s liberation movement given conservative nature of women’s roles in Afghanistan. Her cohort has maintained close ties and meet when they can, or hold monthly Zoom calls due to pandemic travel restrictions.

Interview Accession

2021oh0298_pcrv0187

Interviewee Name

Lenore Sheridan

Interviewer Name

Craig Tower

Interview Date

2021-04-28

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Sheridan, Lenore Interview by Craig Tower. 28 Apr. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Sheridan, L. (2021, April 28). Interview by C. Tower. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Sheridan, Lenore, interview by Craig Tower. April 28, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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