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Jonestown Survivor with son, Raul, at 40th Anniversary Ceremony

[caption id="attachment_2264" align="alignnone" width="600"] Laura with her son Raul at the 40th Anniversary Ceremony.[/caption]

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JONESTOWN SURVIVORS at 40th Anniversary

Kohl Speech for 40th Anniversary It is wonderful to see everyone here. Some who could not make the trip are awaiting our photos and thoughts as well. When I reflect on my nearly 9 years in Peoples Temple, I feel that it was both one of the highlights and one of the deepest traumas of my life. When I was in Peoples Temple in both California and in Guyana, I felt committed to an idea, even a dream, that took me outside of my personal needs. I found a community that asked much of the members. I thought that I was making ...

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Jonestown Survivor Shares Information about Book by Judy Bebelaar and Ron Cabral

Judy Bebelaar and Ron Cabral were teachers at Opportunity High School in San Francisco. They got to know many of our Peoples Temple youth. Now, they've written a book about them -- And then, they were gone. Here is the link: https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/teachers-recall-students-they-lost-in-jonestown-in-and-then-they-were-gone Teachers recall students they lost in Jonestown in ‘And Then They Were Gone’ Sam Whiting November 6, 2018 Updated: November 16, 2018, 9:20 am Judy Bebelaar with an unidentified student at Opportunity II High School.Photo: Mary Delema, Margaret Copeland/TerraGrafix Each November the names of the dead come to Judy Bebelaar as if she’s back in class for roll call. Rory Bargeman, Wesley Breidenbach, Marilee Bogue, Joyce Brown, Dorothy ...

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Jonestown Survivor Posting about David Chiu’s Rolling Stone article

David Chiu wrote a wonderful article about the Peoples Temple choir. Here is the link: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/jonestown-jim-jones-peoples-temple-choir-gospel-album-746873/?fbclid=IwAR0duzKWorHv6UOm2mwEVixGu-agACUjYf0maMkuhD3hGMLj9MehC3_V5g0 ‘He’s Able’: Inside the Jonestown Cult’s Forgotten Gospel Album In 1973, Jim Jones’ followers released their own private-press LP. Survivors recount how it came about — and the unthinkable tragedy that would take the lives of many of the participants By DAVID CHIU         Surviving members of the Peoples Temple Choir recount the joyous creation of their private-press gospel LP and the tragedy that followed. California Historical Society, PC 010.08.0912 Serial killers’ personal effects, morticians’ instruments, human and animal skulls, autopsy photos of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, an electric chair, ...

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Jonestown Survivor Fall 2018 News

Laura's Fall 2018 Update 091518 My Fall 2018 did not slow down as much as I expected. I was diagnosed with cancer in May, 2018 and am working through the daily Radiation treatment. So, I canceled out-of-town trips and scaled back on my (numerous) local commitments. But, life is full! I finished my articles for the jonestown report. I wrote on the Migration/Emigration of Peoples Temple, the Legacy of Peoples Temple, my March 2018 Return Trip to Jonestown, my donation of my documents and memorabilia to University of Southern Indiana Communal Studies Archive, and my understanding of the Guyanese perspective through personal ...

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Plans for the 40th Anniversary of Jonestown – November 18, 2018

Jonestown 40th Anniversary Plans Sunday, 11/18, Ceremony at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland: First, is a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery (6450 Camden Street, Oakland, CA 94605). Monday, 11/19, Open House at California Historical Society from 10 a.m.-12 noon. This is a chance to see some of the books, projects and Ca Historical Society Archives - important especially if you are looking for photos of loved ones. For authors, you can show your writing and projects, but it is not a time to sell any products. Please contact Patricia Pforte by October 25, 2018 if you would like ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Fall 2018 Heading Towards 40th Anniversary

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR - A Busy Time - Fall 2018 As we head towards the 40th Anniversary of the 918 deaths in Guyana, I am busy trying to finish up a number of projects. Every year, I write several articles for the annual  jonestown report which is published by The Jonestown Institute. I will be finishing up these articles: My Return Trip to Jonestown in March 2018, The Legacy of Peoples Temple, some article of Guyanese Connections, Donations to University of Southern Indiana Communal Studies Department, and possibly one or two more.  I also worked with my husband on his article about ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Fall 2018 Schedule

2018 Fall Schedule for Jonestown Survivor August I will finish the first draft of my 2nd book, finish writing my articles for the jonestown report, finish packing up my Peoples Temple documents and memorabilia for my donation to University of Southern Indiana Communal Studies Program, and take care of some health issues. September 7th -  9:30-12:30 SDSU OSHER Orientation (Introduction to Fall OSHER Classes) 13th - Western Connecticut State University, Danbury Connecticut - visit classes 13th - 3 p.m.-5 p.m WCSU Midtown campus, Public Presentation White Hall Bldg, Ives Auditorium 14th - Brookfield Theater, Art Gallery Exhibit with Beth Houghtaling: Opening of Jonestown: What Flavor Are ...

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Jonestown Survivor on Approaching the 40th Anniversary

Approaching the 40th anniversary of Jonestown on November 18, 2018, things are heating up. Just in the past few months, I have had interviews with media and documentary crews every few weeks. I am often contacted to provide more information for the 2200+ photos I have added to the flickr.com Peoples Temple Photogallery. This week, NBC contacted me. The premier source of Peoples Temple research and information is on the "Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple" website - created by the Jonestown Institute based at SDSU. (https://jonestown.sdsu.edu/) There are other things in the works as well. A fellow survivor, Jordan Vilchez, and ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Summer and Fall Update

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Update and News for Summer and Fall: The highlight of my Spring 2018 was my return visit to Guyana and Jonestown, after 40 years. I traveled with my husband and son, another surivivor, and three other dear friends. Here at home, I had numerous university presentations and interviews with documentary filmakers, authors, and other media. In the last month, I have been approached by middle school students and media for interviews. This summer, I have a Book Group talk, a presentation at Taste of Osher at CSUSM-Murrieta, several more interviews, and I will pick up working on my second ...

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