Peoples Temple Publicity, Redwood Valley

Peoples Temple was involved in community affairs outside its relatively-isolated headquarters in Redwood Valley in the early 1970s, and issued press releases to let the media know about that involvement. Examples include:

    • January 31, 1974 announcement of $300 to each of several families of people recently slain in San Francisco (RYMUR 89-4286-I-1, pp.201-202)

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    • February 13, 1974 offer of $2000 to help the family of Patricia Hearst secure her release from the Symbionese Liberation Army, which had kidnapped the newspaper heiress nine days earlier (RYMUR 89-4286-I-1, pp. 204-206)

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    • August 6, 1974 report of cross-country “Caravan of Hope” bus tour (RYMUR 89-4286-I-1, pp. 207-211)

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In addition, Peoples Temple actively promoted itself with a vigorous public relations effort. Examples include:

    • February 1, 1974 description of its programs and listing of endorsements from community leaders (California Historical Society, MS 3800)

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    • Undated 1974 demonstrations of its “dynamic” works (California Historical Society, MS 3800)

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    • November 25, 1974 capsule review of its race relations during the previous year (California Historical Society, MS 3800)

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    • Fall 1975 travelogue of its excursion to Disneyland over Labor Day (California Historical Society, MS 3800)

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    • September 26, 1976 profile of Temple leader Jim Jones (California Historical Society, MS 3800)

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    • October 3, 1976 photo montage and captions (California Historical Society, MS 3800)

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Last modified on June 2nd, 2017.
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