The American Task in Iran

Beginning in the late 1800’s, Americans helped shape modern Iran. Here are vignettes — in their own words.

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Helen Jeffreys Bakhtiar (standing), was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. She served in Iran as a public health nurse as part of President Truman’s Point Four Program in the 1950’s. Today, there is a mountain and nature preserve named after Helen in the Bakhtiari region, known to the locals as, the “Valley of Love.”
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William Morgan Shuster circa 1911 Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
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Economist Arthur Millspaugh wrote “The American Task in Persia” in 1925.
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My grandmother, Helen Jeffreys Bakhtiar, was a public health nurse and supported President Truman’s Point IV Mission in Iran. The legendary Bakhtiari tribe, named a mountain and entire environmental region after Helen.
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Helen Protected Area as seen via Google Maps
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Howard Baskerville moved to Tabriz, Iran in 1907.
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Family letter courtesy of Bob Baskerville, the oldest living relative of Howard Baskerville.

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