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A Look Back at Bayview

A Look Back at Bayview

The Prison Public Memory Project’s goal has been to focus on the history of prisons as a guide to contemplating the future. We began with our research and documentation of...

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Deborah Berke Partners to Transform Bayview

Deborah Berke Partners to Transform Bayview

On July 8, 2016, Deborah Berke Partners was announced as the winner of the International Design Competition to transform Bayview Correctional Facility into the Women’s Building of NYC. The firm was...

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Bayview Rehabilitation Center | NACC and the Rockefeller Drug Laws

Bayview Rehabilitation Center | NACC and the Rockefeller Drug Laws

Bayview, a former rehabilitation center and jail that served various populations, has a history tied to drug legislation and policies at the Federal and local level. It provides a window into...

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Nina Bernstein and the 'mystery' of Shirley Wilder

Nina Bernstein and the ‘mystery’ of Shirley Wilder

                                New York Times reporter Nina Bernstein discusses the origins of her ground-breaking book, The Lost Children...

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Will You Take a Summer Time Trip with Me to the New York State Training School for Girls, Hudson, NY?

Will You Take a Summer Time Trip with Me to the New York State Training School for Girls, Hudson, NY?

Sue Tenerowicz  of Hudson, NY shared her grandmother, Bessie Butt’s, photo albums with the Prison Public Memory Project. The first 20 or so pages (before those depicting Boonesville where she was...

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Delinquent Girls Need to Farm

Delinquent Girls Need to Farm

Fannie French Morse became Superintendent of the New York State Training School for Girls in 1923 and shortly thereafter she began stirring things up. Morse was an advocate of reform,...

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Gloria Hollenbeck's Memories

Gloria Hollenbeck’s Memories

Unable to attend our Story and Photo Share at the Hudson Area Library on November 18, 2013, yet wanting to share her memories and photographs, Gloria Hollenbeck had an envelope delivered to the Library adressed to...

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Suffer Little Children

Suffer Little Children

Marion Palfi (1907 – 1978), an immigrant photographer and member of the New York Photo League, a pivotal organization in photography and U.S. history, took photographs of girls at the...

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Thomas Tunney | No place to go but up…

Thomas Tunney | No place to go but up…

 Thomas Tunney was Superintendent of the New York State Training School for Girls in Hudson, NY from 1964 to 1972.  He was 90 years old at the time oral historian Suzanne...

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New York State Training School for Girls, 1904 – 1975

New York State Training School for Girls, 1904 – 1975

In 1904, when the New York House of Refuge for Women in Hudson, NY closed, the New York State Training School for Girls took its place to establish a separate...

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Hudson Correctional Facility, 1976 – Present

Hudson Correctional Facility, 1976 – Present

A year after the New York State Training School for Girls at Hudson was closed, the Hudson Correctional Facility took its place. Opened in October 1976 as a minimum-security (and later...

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Josephine Shaw Lowell and House of Refuge for Women (1887 – 1904)

Josephine Shaw Lowell and House of Refuge for Women (1887 – 1904)

In the midst of the nation’s first great depression that began in 1873 with the collapse of the New York City financial markets, the House of Refuge for Women was built...

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