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 the 1960’s. We liked the poem very much and so with her permission, we feature it here along with her introduction and some photos she sent to us.

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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 was 5 months pregnant when she was admitted to the reform school, having been declared "ungovernable" by a Nassau County court in 1948.

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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 New York State Conference of Charities and Corrections, held in New York City. What follows are excerpts* from the fascinating discussion that followed Wade’s presentation…

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Delinquent Girls Need to Farm

Delinquent Girls Need to Farm

In 1924, Superintendent Fannie French Morse wrote a paper, which later appeared in that year’s annual report, expressing her belief that girls should be able to farm at the school. Training school boys do it, she said. Why not girls?

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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 Training School in Hudson, NY.  

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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 18th in 2012, yet wanting to share her memories and photographs, Gloria Hollenbeck had an envelope delivered to the library addressed to the Prison Public Memory Project. Inside we found a two-page typed letter and a selection of photographs. Gloria worked as a stenographer at the New York State Training School for Girls for two years in the 1950s.

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First Letter Home

First Letter Home

"Dear Mother," Gladys Case begins her 'first letter home" while a resident of the New York State Training School for Girls. The letter was postmarked three days after Christmas, December 28, 1930.  

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"They Are All Ellas..."

"They Are All Ellas..."

Ella Fitzgerald sang jazz in a voice so pure and perfected that it admitted no pain — and America loved her for it….Yet…for over 60 years she kept the cruelest chapter of her own history a secret: her confinement for more than a year in a reformatory when she was an orphaned teen-ager.

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Happy Childhood, Broken Homes

Happy Childhood, Broken Homes

In an interview with oral historian Suzanne Snider on September 7th, 2011, Karen DePyster talks about her own childhood, why she chose to work at the Training School, and her early memories and impressions of the school and the girls incarcerated there, who were at the time just a few years younger than Karen was.

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"The Dungeons Are Damp and Cold..."

"The Dungeons Are Damp and Cold..."

A Board of Managers comprised of prominent citizens from throughout the State appointed by the Governor controlled the New York State House of Refuge for Women. Every year, the Board of Managers was responsible for filing an Annual Report to the New York State Legislature covering key events, conditions, and pressing issues.

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Why Is It Important To "Remember"?

Why Is It Important To "Remember"?

Mary Allen was interviewed and photographed by Suzanne Snider on June 2, 2011. In the 1970′s, Mary worked at the New York State Training School for Girls in Hudson as well as at the Brookwood Annex in Claverack, the off-site 'maximum security disciplinary cottage’ for the Training School. Here, Mary answers the question "Why is it important to 'remember' (the prison)"?

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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 medium-security) prison for young adult men under the custody of the New York State Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision...

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