Prison Public Memory Project Pop-Up Museum Visits the Library

Pop Up MuseumOn 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.

Becoming Incorrigible: The Girls of the Hudson Training School, 1921-1932 —A Project by Laura Rogers and Tobi Jacobi

PPMPIncorrigibleIn 2011, local resident and business-owner Lisa Durfee found an old box at a garage sale on Clinton Street in Hudson. In it were intake records, photographs, and letters from girls who lived at the Hudson Training School from around 1920 to 1930.

Now, Laura Rogers, professor of Humanities & Communication at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Tobi Jacobi, professor of English & Composition at Colorado State University, are collaborating with the Prison Public Memory Project to explore what these documents could tell us about the history of the Training School and the girls who were incarcerated there.

Join the Prison Public Memory Project in the Hudson Area Library History Room (2nd Floor) on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30pm for a roundtable discussion and dialogue about how we read and interpret documents from a complex past and what these documents can tell us about the girls who lived at the Hudson Training School nearly a century ago.

100 Years into the Past: An Informal Evening of Discussion with the Prison Public Memory Project

trainingschoolforgirlssummereveningsceneHow did Hudson’s New York State Training School for Girls view treatment and training practices 100 years ago? Liesl Schnabel, Prison Public Memory Project’s summer researcher, has been researching and exploring that question this summer.

You are invited to join the Prison Public Memory Project to discuss her findings this Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Hudson Area Library.

Black Child Saving Along the Hudson: A Discussion With Author Geoff Ward, August 8 from 7:00-8:30pm

black child savers

Join us for a discussion facilitated by the Prison Public Memory Project and the Hudson Area Library, titled “Black Child Saving Along the Hudson: The New York Movement, 1930-1980.” This lecture will be led by Geoff Ward, the author of The Black Child Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice and Associate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California. He will discuss how the movement against Jim Crow juvenile justice took shape in New York State, with a special focus on “black child savers” and their work up and down the Hudson in remaking predominately white juvenile justice systems. This event will take place at Hudson Area Library on Thursday, August 8th from 7:00-8:30pm. It will be open to the public and free of charge, and will be followed by an audience discussion with Dr. Ward. A limited number of signed copies of Dr. Ward’s book will be on sale at the event. For more information on the Prison Public Memory Project, visit the Prison Public Memory Project website.

“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 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