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Life at the New York State Training School for Girls: Annotated bibliographies of articles, reports, and books

Life at the New York State Training School for Girls: Annotated bibliographies of articles, reports, and books

The New York State Training School for Girls, located on a high bluff overlooking the Hudson River, was originally built as the New York House of Refuge for Women, which...

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Black Child Savers Along the Hudson

Black Child Savers Along the Hudson

By Geoff K. Ward When Dr. M. E. Ross’s yacht pulled into the Hudson, NY harbor in July of 1936, few likely realized that it carried something other than an...

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Black History BEYOND BARS: Community Readings & Conversations, Feb. 26th & 27th in Hudson, NY

Marking Black History Month 2014, The Prison Public Memory Project and Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center are sponsoring community readings and conversations in partnership with the Hudson Area Library and Rev Coffeehouse. Join your...

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The “Ungovernable” Ella Fitzgerald

The “Ungovernable” Ella Fitzgerald

By Russ Immarigeon On April 10, 1933, according to records at the New York State Archives, Westchester County judge George W. Smyth sentenced a fifteen-year-old “colored” girl named Ella Fitzgerald...

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The Training School For Girls:  Punishment or Protection?

The Training School For Girls: Punishment or Protection?

In November 1905, Minnie B. Wade, a parole agent for the newly established New York State Training School for Girls located in Hudson, NY, addressed participants at the Sixth Annual...

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Incarcerating Girls: A Bibliography of Historical Studies

Incarcerating Girls: A Bibliography of Historical Studies

The historical treatment of girls and young women confined in houses of refuge, reformatories, residential treatment centers, and training schools gets too little attention in reference textbooks on juvenile justice....

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Prison Public Memory Project Gets Good Press in Hudson

We wanted to share the article that appeared in the Register Star newspaper about the Prison Public Memory Project. Thanks to reporter John Mason for writing this piece and letting others...

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Russ Immarigeon receives fellowship from NY State Archives

Prison Public Memory Project contributor Russ Immarigeon was recently awarded a research fellowship from the New York State Archives in support of his ongoing research  into the history of New...

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Article in the Register Star about Geoff Ward’s presentation

We wanted to share the article that appeared in the Register Star newspaper about our event at the Hudson Area Library featuring author/historian Geoff Ward: Black child-saving movement has had...

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Thank You To Our Summer Interns

We introduced them on our Facebook page and they have been working hard all summer. And before they return to their studies at Grinnell and Bard Colleges, we’d like to...

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Black Child Saving Along The Hudson – presentation by Geoff Ward, August 8th at the Hudson Area Library

Black Saving Along The Hudson: The New York Movement, 1930-1980 August 8th, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Hudson Area Library in Hudson, NY Please join the Prison Public Memory Project...

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Where is Margo Bake?

Where is Margo Bake?

According to this undated article from Newsday, a newspaper based in Long Island, NY, ‘Missing Person’ Margo Bake, ran away from the NYS Training School for Girls in 1949.  She...

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