Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Once-a-Year Chance Returns

Because it is located on the grounds of the Hudson Correctional Facility, opportunities to visit Hudson's own National Historic Landmark, the Dr. Oliver Bronson House, to marvel at its splendor and check on the progress of its stabilization and restoration, come only once a year. Your chance for 2013 is fast approaching.

This coming weekend, June 1 and 2, and the next weekend, June 8 and 9, Historic Hudson will make the Dr. Oliver Bronson House available to visitors as part of Path Through History Weekends, a New York State initiative to connect historic attractions throughout New York. On those two weekends, the house will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, with guided tours available at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

During the second weekend--June 8 and 9--the Prison Public Memory Project will present an exhibition at the Dr. Oliver Bronson House entitled "If these walls could talk . . . ." Installations in several of the rooms will explore life inside the New York State Training School for Girls and the role the house played in the lives of girls who were sent there. From around 1917 until the training school closed in the early 1970s, the Dr. Oliver Bronson House was used as the residence of the training school's superintendent.

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