On Tuesday, July 14 from 10am-7pm, the Prison Public Memory Project will be hosting a Pop-Up Museum on the Library lawn. This temporary exhibit will invite the community to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities centered on the theme of Life and Work at the New York State Training School for Girls.
For almost 80 years between 1904 and 1975, Hudson was home to the New York State Training School for Girls, once the largest reform schools for girls in the United States and one of the largest employers in Columbia County. The Pop-Up Museum will offer participants the opportunity to interact with historical artifacts such as photographs, letters, and institutional records on three tables in a hands-on museum-like setting. Visitors can also engage with the Training School’s history in a variety of interactive drawing and writing activities led by Prison Public Memory Project staff and volunteers and can tell and listen to others’ stories. Community members are invited to bring any of their own photos, documents and other artifacts relating to the Training School or to the people who lived or worked there for temporary display on the museum tables. For those who wish to have a portrait taken with their artifact, a photographer will be available. Light refreshments will be served as supplies last.