NY State Training School for Girls
Who Is Training Whom?

Who Is Training Whom?

The Prison Public Memory Project recently received a note from Frances Drabick, a poet whose mother worked at the New York State Training School for Girls in Hudson, NY in...

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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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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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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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History, Art and Dialogue about Life in a Girls’ Prison, June 8th & 9th in Hudson, NY

Please join the Prison Public Memory Project and Historic Hudson for “IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK…” an exploration of life inside the New York State Training School for Girls (1904-1975) in...

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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's Memories

Gloria’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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No place to go but up…

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...

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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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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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