Posts Tagged ‘Jonestown memories’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Responds to High School Students’ Questions

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Responds to questions from high school students preparing for a National History Championship. I always answer questions from students and curious people of all ages when they have taken the time to write to me about Peoples Temple. Here I have responded to ten questions: What compelled you to join the Peoples Temple? I was in high school and college in the 1960s. In high school in Maryland, I was part of an integrated group that helped integrate a huge local amusement park – I felt that our society had been divided far too long. I also watched many of my ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Meets February 2016 with Travel Plans!

February is moving in! I will be teaching the next two weeks - finishing up a long-term subbing job in a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies class (which I LOVE!) and I will be heading to Washington State in two weeks. As a Jonestown Survivor: An Insider's Look author and public speaker, I will speak in classes and at a public setting at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, and then in the Friday Harbor library. And, I will meet up with my good friends living in Washington. GREAT! Let me know if you are in the area!

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Radio/Internet Interview

I was interviewed by  Tami Urbanek of Empowerment Through Healing Here are the links: Spreaker: http://www.spreaker.com/user/journeyfortruth/journey-for-truth-jonestown-cult-mass-su_1 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tamiurbanek-radio/jonestown-cult-mass-suicide-survivor Please share! Tami Urbanek Empowerment Through Healing Making New Choices to Create a New Reality Universal Education Foundation, 501 (c) (3) Listen to Journey For Truth on demand on Spreaker.com

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JONESTOWN SURVIVORS: California Historical Society Hosts Panel Discussion

Here is a link to a wonderful discussion hosted by the California Historical Society and the SF Publis Library on October 21, 2015. I am so sorry I missed it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzE3Ra7ag4c Published on Nov 13, 2015 On October 21, 2015 the California Historical Society hosted a panel discussion with David Talbot, author of "Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love;" Marshall Kilduff, San Francisco Chronicle; Eugene Smith, author and Peoples Temple survivor; and John Cobb, author and Peoples Temple survivor. The panel was moderated by Anthea Hartig, Executive Director and CEO of the California Historical Society. • Category o Education

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – VISUALIZING WHO I AM, THESE DAYS

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR - VISUALIZING WHO I AM, THESE DAYS Laura Johnston Kohl Over the past five years or so, I have tried to have a visual image of the person I am. For most of the five years, I have thought of myself as a black-eyed susan, or a sunflower. To explain the design a bit more – I thought of my physical shape in the middle with petals out in all directions for the different parts of my being. I am a parent – one petal. I am a wife of 33 years – one petal. I am a Quaker – ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2016

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2016 When 914 members of Peoples Temple and four visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura Johnston Kohl survived. She was one of 87 who lived through the trauma. After participating with the Black Panthers, and attending Woodstock, Laura moved into Peoples Temple in California in 1970, and was an active and enthusiastic member until it ended. She moved to Guyana in March 1977. She lived her first year in Georgetown, purchasing supplies, then moved to Jonestown, a 24-hour boat ride away. She moved back into Georgetown in October ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interviewed on “My Inner Fuel” Radio Program

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interviewed - Program to be aired shortly after November 8, 2015. I was interviewed for "My Inner Fuel" Radio Program, by the Co-Founder of the Positivity Effect Program, Dr. Thomas Recher. As a Peoples Temple survivor, author and educator, I was interviewed by Dr. Thomas Recher. Positivity is essential for moving on past almost insurmountable obstacles we all face in our lives. For me, it was a two-edged sword. It both got me into deep water, and allowed me to survive and even thrive after the tragedy of Jonestown. The show will be aired in November - the ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR to Visit U Puget Sound in February

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR - I am traveling to Washington State in February. On February 15, I will present to classes, and give a lecture at U of Puget Sound, in Washington. Please let me know if you have some contacts there. Thanks so much! I will have events for the general public to come. Thanks, Laura

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Answers a Author’s Questions

An author who hopes to write a realistic fiction book sent me this list of her final questions before finishing up her writing. I am including my answers here. • I'm trying to find more information about day-to-day life in the Ukiah/SF Peoples Temple, especially the experiences of children. To my understanding, children came to the Temple after school for tutoring, swimming lessons, group activities, choir practice, etc., but I can't find much more than surface information. Was this only for Wednesday School, or did most members (and their children) come to the Temple every day for services and other ...

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WHIRLWIND TOUR for JONESTOWN SURVIVOR

I just returned from two weeks speaking at the Shaker Village and other venues in Lexington, KY, and at Grand Valley State University and other sites in Grand Rapids, Michigan, speaking about my life and my book JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look. I presented at the Communal Studies Association Conference, at several libraries, at a news station, at a Book Group, at several Quaker Meetings, and at the University. I always come back from my trips inspired by the people I meet. The deaths in Jonestown, at the hands of Jim Jones and his small band of secretaries and ...

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