Esther M. Aberle trip diary

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Esther M. Aberle trip diary


  • 1960 July 16-August 10 (Creation)


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Trip diary written by Esther M. Aberle who was a member of the KSU choral group, the Kansas State Singers, during their Far East Tour. On July 25, 1960 this 13 member group left Manhattan, KS to give performances at Armed Forces Installations in Japan, Korea, Formosa, the Philippines, Guam, and Hawaii. William Fischer, Associate Professor of Music at K-State was the director of the group. In the diary, Aberle writes of her experiences at the various bases, the group’s performances, nightlife, and her thoughts on the people and places she encounters. For example, while in Seoul, Aberle wrote about going swimming in the enlisted men’s swimming pool, and then passing by local men, women, and children working along a road. In another entry, she writes about entering the DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone), being instructed not to “speak to any Reds,” and passing by the “Bridge of No Return” (a bridge used for prisoner exchanges between North and South Korea until 1968).

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The collection is arranged in the order in which it arrived at the archives.

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All materials are open for research.

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  • English

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The collection was given to Tavistock Books by an unidentified entity prior to April 2021.

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The collection was purchased from Tavistock Books in April 2021 with funding provided by an NEH grant.

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  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Esther M. Aberle trip dairy, Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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The collection was processed by Audrey E. Swartz in December 2021 with the description provided by Veronica Denison.

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