There are some highbrow items featured at an exhibit opening today to celebrate the first 25 years of The Carter Center. Jimmy Carter's Nobel Peace Prize, for example, is a must-see display.
But visitors quickly learn that Mr. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have spent much time since his presidency with their sleeves rolled up, working on health issues in some the world's poorest nations.
If the focus of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is his years in the White House, then the emphasis of the new exhibit is his work since founding The Carter Center in 1982.
"This is the missing link to the museum," said Dale Brubaker, the designer of the exhibit. "The library and museum should interpret his presidency, but he has done so much since his presidency. The impact they've made around the world - it's a real eye-opener."
Mr. Brubaker said he sorted through more than 35,000 photos when setting up the exhibit, which also includes a film, Waging Peace, narrated by Walter Cronkite.
"I think we are portraying the breadth of The Carter Center for the first time for a lot of people," said museum Director Jay Hakes, who said the exhibit "presents a vision for how to build a more peaceful world."
One display focuses on the center's role in reducing cases of Guinea worm disease from about 3.5 million in 1996 to about 25,000 now.
The center also has provided the first latrines to many poor villages in 15 African nations.