Ambassadors for Friendship

Summer 1960. Left to right, are Narinder Mehta, India; Nasser Mazaheri, Iran; and Kofi Annan, Ghana; Harry Morgan, founder; Mrs. Morgan is in front.

The Ambassadors for Friendship program was founded by Harry Morgan in 1960 at Macalester. Harry Morgan was associate director at Reader’s Digest. He told DeWitt Wallace (’11) about his idea of bringing together international students from around the world that would travel the country and experience the real America. Wallace liked the idea and sent Harry to Macalester where he formally began the Ambassadors for Friendship program. The program took place during the summer break. American students drove a tour of international students around the United States, giving them the chance to see many different parts of America.

“There were five individual tours which traveled a total of 50,000 miles. The students stayed in farm homes, city homes, and camped out. One tour visited the Democratic convention, while another was given the opportunity of a personal interview with former president, Harry S. Truman. A night in Las Vegas was also made available to two of the tours through the Rotary club.”

the Mac Weekly Sept 30th, 1960

Clippings from the Mac Weekly

Oral History

As part of Reunion 2010, Ambassadors for Friendship participants recorded this oral history about the program.