JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – in Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky in October 2015

I have submitted my application and abstract to the Communal Studies Association Conference for my paper:

2015 Conference Theme: “Marking the Land: How Intentional Communities Shape Their Surrounding Physical & Social Landscapes”
OCTOBER 1-3, 2015 Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.

I am a Jonestown survivor and I continue to reflect on Peoples Temple and Jonestown, in particular. I am looking at the impact of the physical (remote) location and the layout of the community and how it affected members of the community. My current projects include completing Oral History Interviews of survivors and securing grants to allow a group of fifteen survivors to return to Jonestown.

I travel around the country, sharing insights about Peoples Temple and Synanon, another residential community where I lived for a decade, and my life experiences. I am an author and retired educator.

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