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...

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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...

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House of Refuge for Women, 1887 – 1904

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...

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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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Who’s Punching the Clock?

Who’s Punching the Clock?

Hudson, NY resident Debra Gallo sent in this wonderful photo of some of the people who made up the maintenance crew at the Girls Training School in 1954. Problem is...

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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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People Get a Great Idea and It Doesn’t Materialize…

People Get a Great Idea and It Doesn’t Materialize…

David Kinlock, a resident of Albany and former inmate at Hudson Correctional Facility, was interviewed by oral historian Suzanne Snider on April 4th, 2012. David was born in Schenectady, NY...

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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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House of Refuge for Women, 1887 – 1904

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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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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"But They All Come Back..."

“But They All Come Back…”

In addition to its unique and rich history, Hudson Correctional Facility (HCF) has another feature that distinguishes it. Less than a year after Governor Eliot Spitzer’s plans to close the...

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