AFS has literally hundreds of photographs available to view online which document the life, contribution and impact of Arthur “Art” Howe Jr.
Art, a lifelong and passionate AFSer who, in his own words, had “a burning desire to do what one could” to make this world a better place, made a significant impact on people and communities around the globe.
Art’s work included:
- Service as a volunteer AFS ambulance driver in World War II (1942-1943)
- AFS Director (1947 – 1981)
- Vice president of AFS (1948 – 1964)
- President of AFS (1965 – 1971)
- Life-trustee (1967 – 1990; 2007 – 2014)
In addition to the photographic material, which depicts Arts volunteer activity in North America and the Middle East during World War II as well as his service as a volunteer with the AFS exchange programmes after World War II, AFS has produced an online exhibition titled Arthur Howe Jr: From Watertown to the World with AFS. The exhibition allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of Art and his many adventures, discovering the world through his eyes and words. For him, interacting with different people around the world was a way to promote open discussion, mutual understanding and ultimately, peace.
The digitization and exhibition of this photographic collection was made possible thanks to the generous donors from around the world who contributed to the Arthur Howe Jr. Archival Project. Started in 2016, the project aimed to preserve and make accessible a historic collection of photographs and artifacts donated by Art and his family to AFS.