Posts Tagged ‘Jonestown speaker’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Setting up Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 Speaking Events

Dear Colleague: 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 participated in many documentaries and interviews in every format.  My website is www.jonestownsurvivor.com. My Oral History project is blossoming. I have completed ten recorded interviews, and plan ten more this year. Additionally, I plan to be the Project Director of a new Oral ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interview – by a High School Student

With Miss Hanson's permission, I am posting her paper about Peoples Temple and her interviews with survivors. I think she did an outstanding job presenting the background. I have not changed any of her writing, though admittedly, there are some typos and such. This is her paper. (Survivors frequently get requests for interviews from Middle school and high school students through researchers earning their doctorates.) The Jonestown Massacre MacKenzie C Hanson Rosemount High School Introduction “Jonestown did not begin and end on November 18th, 1978.” (Fielding McGehee, personal communication, May 7, 2014). Jonestown is more commonly known for its massacre that ...

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SURVIVORSHIP – by Jonestown Survivor

SURVIVORSHIP I am a survivor. I have escaped many mishaps in my life as I learned about myself and the world I live in. The one I carry around with me at all times – really part of my living and breathing – is my survival from the death of the dream of Peoples Temple. I lost 913 of my very dearest friends and adopted family members and just escaped with my own life. I know the tragic stories of the other survivors and many of the families who lost their loved ones. ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Presenting at Communal Studies Association Conference

I have been presenting my scholarly research papers at the Communal Studies Association Conference for seven years. Two years ago, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the CSA. This year, the Conference will be in Amana, Iowa on October 9-11. The conference theme this year is: “Form Follows Faith: The Influence of Belief on the Architecture and Crafts of American Communal Societies.” Papers that explore the ways in which religious and social beliefs and ideals informed the distinctive community and social organization, architecture, crafts and other products of communal societies are encouraged. Laura Johnston ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interviewed by 11th-Grader

Every few weeks, I am contacted by students who become curious about Peoples Temple - and they are eager enough to contact me with questions. Often, they have chosen the topic in a history class because it is intriguing, or horrific, and they want to understand it better. This week, an 11-th grader contacted me. She is writing for a History Competition. She asked several questions and I have listed her questions and my answers here. What was your experience in Jonestown like? I first visited Jonestown in 1975, with the Planning Commission and Jim. I fell in ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2014 Introductory Sheet

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2014 Introductory Sheet

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 the day it ended. She moved to Guyana in March 1977. She frequently traveled between Georgetown and Jonestown, a 24-hour boat ride, but moved into Jonestown in October 1978. Laura’s survival was a fluke. It ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Speaks at York College of PA

This article was posted in the YPC Spartan school newspaper about my visit to York College of PA on October 21, 2013. Jonestown Survivor Laura Johnston Kohl Visits York College of Pennsylvania By Melanie King November 18th, 1978 is a day that drastically changed Laura Johnston Kohl’s life; on that day, she and several others became survivors. Kohl was a guest speaker on the York College of Pennsylvania campus on October 24th, 2013. She talked about her life and her time with the Peoples Temple. Kohl’s life started in Washington, DC with a mother who was involved in politics and believed that we ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR on Leadership

Transition of Leadership in Peoples Temple, the Branch Davidians, and Synanon by Laura Johnston Kohl I presented this paper to the Communal Studies Association Conference in Old Economy, Butler County, PA, on October 4, 2013. There are regulations and procedures for transitions of leadership in businesses, the military, politics, and mainstream churches. They existed as well – if in separate and distinctive ways – in three groups which are the subject of this paper. The “Transition of Leadership” in Peoples Temple, the Branch Davidians, and Synanon each developed uniquely. Jim Jones was the first leader of his own church, and – from ...

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OCTOBER 2013 EVENTS FOR JONESTOWN SURVIVOR

In September, I finished a column on “High Risk, High Reward” for FLAUNT MAGAZINE, published in Los Angeles. It will be published and available in October. I explain the relevance of “High Risk and High Reward” in both Peoples Temple and Synanon. October 3-5 – I will present a Scholarly Paper at the Communal Studies Association Conference in Historic ...Harmony, Butler County, PA and in Old Harmony Village, Beaver County, PA. The paper is “Transitions in Leadership” and will present a study of Leadership in Peoples Temple, Synanon, and several other communities. I am a member of the Board of Directors ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Receives Award for Peace and Nonviolence

Tonight, I was recognized as my school’s Teacher Most Demonstrating Peace and Nonviolence, in honor of the 14th Anniversary Celebration of “A Season for Peace & Nonviolence.” Here is what was written about me: Laura Kohl – Staff Member: Laura Kohl practices the ideals of Season for Nonviolence both at school and in her everyday life. She is committed to nonviolence principles and imparts these principles to her students. Whether her students are acting in plays about Dr. King or reading and writing about peace and tolerance, students in Laura’s class are always immersed in nonviolence ideals. ...

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