Harland Eastman: The Rescue and Transformation of the Tangier American Legation

Retired U.S. Foreign Service Office Harland Eastman served as Consul-General in Tangier in 1976, the year that the Department of State agreed to allow the Tangier American Legation to be converted into a private museum honoring the historic U.S.-Moroccan friendship. In this podcast, Emily Albrecht of Dartmouth College interviews Mr. Eastman, who recounts the enormous efforts made to restore the Legation in time for the celebrations of the U.S. Bicentennial. Ms. Albrecht’s interviews form part of a series of oral histories she recorded for her senior honors thesis, entitled, “Mapping Memories, Creating History: The Tangier American Legation” (May 2016).

Mr. Eastman’s biography is found at: www.paulauger.com/halloffame/induc…ees/Eastman.html

Harland Eastman at the Legation, July 6 1976, with Secretary General of Tangier Mehdi Tahiri, Abdelouahab Benmansour, Director of the Royal Archives and Mohamed Bahnini, Minister of Culture.
Harland Eastman, at the opening of the Westinghouse Exhibit of Moroccan Photographs, June 8, 1979, standing before the portrait of Sultan Moulay Sulaiman (r. 1796-1822), who gave the Legation building to the United States in 1821.

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