"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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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 in the town of Hudson, 30 miles south of the state capital of New York in Albany. Opened in 1887, the House of Refuge was only the second reformatory for women established by law in the United States...

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