NY State Training School for Girls
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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Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness

Last July, a box of documents from the New York State Training School for Girls—intake forms, letters, photographs, and other administrative paperwork from the 1920s––was discovered by Lisa Durfee at...

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Understanding and Preserving a Community’s Heritage

Understanding and Preserving a Community’s Heritage

On January 6th, 2012, oral historian Suzanne Snider interviewed Timothy Dunleavy, a resident and business owner in Hudson, NY. Tim is also the President of Historic Hudson, a non-profit organization...

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First Letter Home

First Letter Home

December 28, 1930 Dear Mother, How did you enjoy the party the other night. I wish I could see Mrs. Bradley. But I got a Xmas card from Mr and Mrs....

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“They Are All Ellas...”

“They Are All Ellas…”

In an article she wrote for the New York Times in 1996, journalist Nina Bernstein tells the story of famed jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald’s experience at the Training School for...

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Closure of the Girls Training School

Closure of the Girls Training School

a local perspective… In the few months before its closing on August 18th, 1975, Hudson residents, Training School employees, and elected officials waged a campaign to stop the closure. The...

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How Jan Kerouac ‘Escaped’ the Girls Training School

How Jan Kerouac ‘Escaped’ the Girls Training School

Legendary Beat Generation novelist and poet Jack Kerouac  and his second wife Joan Haverty were separated when they had a daughter, Janet Michele Kerouac, on February 16, 1952. Mother and...

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The Delaney Report (1915): Overview

The Delaney Report (1915): Overview

On February 1, 1915, John H. Delaney, Commissioner of the New York Department of Efficiency and Economy (NYDEE), released a report roundly condemning the New York State Training School for...

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Happy Childhood, Broken Homes

Happy Childhood, Broken Homes

Born and raised on a farm in Hudson, NY, Karen dePyster went to work at the New York State Training School for Girls in 1968, right after she graduated from...

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The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same…Or Do They?

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same…Or Do They?

Echoing trends over a century ago, today’s reformers’ are critical of large juvenile prisons and aim to create small, ‘home-like’ environments for confined youth. In 1906, at the Seventh New...

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“She Was Incorrigible…”

“She Was Incorrigible…”

 These photos and documents were among a small stash of early 1920’s ephemera from the Training School For Girls found by Lisa Durfee, the Tainted Lady Lounge blogger, in an...

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Why it is important "Remember"

Why it is important “Remember”

 Mary Allen was interviewed and photographed by Suzanne Snider on June 2nd, 2011. In the 1970’s, Mary worked at the New York State Training School for Girls in Hudson as well as...

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