“If These Photos Could Talk…” Sharing memories about the prison in Hudson, NY

Postcard from Women's Prison for Prison Memory Project Event on 11/18/12 at The Hudson Area Library
New York State Training School for Girls, 1904–1975

The Prison Public Memory Project invites you…

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 11 am to 5 pm at the Hudson Area Library

Community members are invited to bring family photographs and other documents related to the Hudson prison when it was the New York Training School for Girls (1904-1975) or the House of Refuge for Women (1887-1904), the first reformatory for women in New York. Prison Public Memory Project staff and community volunteers will be present to audio record community member stories about their photos and will copy the photographs and documents on-site. With their owners’ permission, these memories will be incorporated into the work of the non-profit Prison Public Memory Project http://www.prisonpublicmemory.org which is collaborating with local organizations and residents in documenting, interpreting and honoring the rich history of the prison in Hudson.

The day will include a special 30-minute illustrated presentation by public historian Kathleen Hulser starting at 1:30 pm about the Training School For Girls in Hudson and the training school movement in America. There will be time after Hulser’s presentation for the audience to ask questions and share their own knowledge. After that, please join us for a conversation with lifelong Hudson resident Sue Tenerowizc who will share a photo album made by her grandmother about her time working at the Hudson Girl’s Training School in the early 1900’s.

A short written overview and annotated bibliography about the New York Training School for Girls prepared by Columbia County resident Russ Immarigeon will be made available at the event and afterward to the public through the History Room in the Library. The bibliography will include sources found in the Library’s History room with the help of History Room volunteer John Craig.

Sponsored by the Prison Public Memory Project (PPMP)
Co-presented by Hudson Area Library and WGXC community radio 90.7 FM
Supported in part by funds from the New York Council on the Humanities

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Emily Chameides at or call the Library at 518-828-1792 or contact Alison Cornyn