Posts Tagged ‘Peoples Temple Oral History’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Writes Foreword for Eusi Kwayana’s New Book

Eusi Kwayana's review of his latest book A NEW LOOK AT JONESTOWN:   On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of the Peoples Temple, located not far from the Port Kaituma airstrip, died after drinking cyanide-laced Flavor-Aid. Their suicidal act was attributed to a directive from Reverend JimJones, the religious leader of the commune. Jones himself died from gunshot wounds. Despite the publications of seven books by Jonestown survivors about the incident, many questions remain, including the circumstances surrounding the establishment of the commune and the death of American Congressman, Leo Ryan, who went to Guyana to investigate reports of atrocities ...

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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 – A Survivor and More

HOW DOES THE TERM “SURVIVOR” FIT ME? I was interviewed this week by Torrey Bailey from SD City Beat. She asked me how the term “Survivor” fits me. I have traveled through many labels in my life. I began as a zealot. The first twenty years of my life, I searched, experimented, and followed my passions. I made lousy decisions as well as some good ones. But, I stayed optimistic, thinking things would always work out for me. When I moved into Peoples Temple in March of 1970, I was still a zealot. I was willing to be a very ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVORS Plan to Revisit Guyana

BIG NEWS!  A group of survivors met with the documentary crew taking on the project of capturing our return visit to Guyana - likely next March. We took the first big step towards a trip where 10-20 survivors and family members will be able to go for a quick visit. Each one of us has our own intimate reason for wanting to make this trip. It will be captured on film and made part of our Peoples Temple Archive! VERY EXCITING! I will continue to share the process of getting this trip together!

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interviewed for Gnostic Warrior – transcript

LAURA JOHNSTON KOHL (GNOSTIC WARRIOR INTERVIEW) transcribed by Kathy Tropp Barbour Interviewer: Moe Seo [Introduction]  Hello, and welcome to the Gnostic Warrior radio show and podcast, broadcasting from gnosticwarrior.com in San Diego, California, to around the world.  I’m your host, Moe. And today on the show I have Jonestown survivor Laura Johnston Kohl. When 914 members of the Peoples Temple and 4 visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura Johnston Kohl survived. She is one of the 87 who lived through the trauma. After participating with the Black Panthers and attending Woodstock, Laura moved into the Peoples Temple ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR and Revisiting Jonestown

Hello everyone,      I wanted to give you an update about our plans to return to Guyana and Jonestown.  I spent time researching the type of grant that would allow us to go back to Guyana and Jonestown, and to record our individual perspectives and reflections. Most of the available grants that I found do not provide for the "R&D" portion - meaning the travel and equipment, in our case. The grants available for that somewhat-smaller project are also smaller.      My initial plan was to get a grant that would pay for our transportation and expenses in Guyana, our ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Submits Presentation Proposal to Oral History Association

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR I have submitted my proposal for a Presentation at the Oral History Association Conference in Tampa, Florida in October, 2015. Here is a look: Title: Peoples Temple through Oral History Abstract: I will reflect on my collection of Oral History recordings of Peoples Temple survivors. I am a survivor of Jonestown, a member of the Board of the Communal Studies Association and annual Presenter, a newly-retired California teacher, the author of JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look, and a collector of Oral History. I have been involved with The Jonestown Institute for the past fifteen years, and have written numerous articles and ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR SHARES WONDER OF DEEP FRIENDSHIPS

UNITY I have taken on a new project since I retired from twenty-five years of teaching on June 12, 2014. A psychologist friend and I got a $10,000 grant to gather an Oral History Collection of Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivors and family members. It has been a deeply meaningful project for me already. I have interviewed and recorded Oral Histories from five good friends. My Peoples Temple family is a connection I treasure with people of every background. In interviews with just these five, I have recorded how this diverse group came to Peoples Temple ...

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PEOPLES TEMPLE ORAL HISTORY

Yesterday, (5/25/13) Johnny, Jordan, Teresa, Gary Maynard, and I met with Vera at Vera's house (with Leslie on the phone) to plan and move forward on the PT Oral History Project. I'm on the road and can't upload some of the photos - but they are forthcoming! WE had a great, intimate time. I love spending time with these wonderful friends - really family. I've known Vera since 1970 - 43 years!

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