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Memories of Nepal May 4, 2015

With Nepal so much in the news these past few days, numerous memories were triggered.   Here is one which I will share.

My mother served in the Peace Corps in Nepal 1964-1966.  She was a librarian and her assignment was to catalog the 9,000 books in the library of Tribuvan University in Kathmandu.  A daunting task.  The library was accessed by a winding somewhat insubstantial winding staircase.  When the U.S. Ambassador, a man of some girth, was coming to visit there was some concern that the stairs would not prove worthy of the occasion.  Nevertheless,  all went well and all survived.  I wonder if the library stairs survived the recent 7.6 earthquake.

maju-deval-after-1254  earthquake damage in Kathmandu

Following is an article about the U.S. Ambassador who visited the library all those years ago.  Note in the article there is a photo of the Ambassador and his wife greeting Queen Elizabeth when she visited Nepal in 1961. In 1961 Nepal was just opening up to foreign visitors.  Prior to this time diplomatic relations were handled from Delhi.

Ambassador Henry Endicott Stebbins (1905-1973) – Milton Historical Society – Milton Journal, Milton Massachusetts

nepal 001 photo from the reference given above   Ambassador Stebbins welcoming Queen Elizabeth to Nepal in 1961