On the way to Washington DC, I had to go and check out the land of my American ancestors. I was 11 when my mother’s mother, Helen Jeffreys, died in 1973. I remember her as kind, gentle soul. And of course I loved her for giving me my first camera 🙂 She was buried in Tus — thousands of miles away from her birthplace: Weiser, Idaho. Listen to her story in her own words. Also check out photo essay on ” Liberty Street“. Here’s my mother’s article ” Motherland” after she visited Weiser and my cousin who wrote about Mount Helen, named by local Bakhtiaris in her honor in central Iran. My aunt Laleh Bakhtiar has written all the historic family details in ” Helen of Tus“.