A Free Event of the Roosevelt island Historical Society

TODAY, Update On The Willard Suitcases

Willard Psychiatric Center, 1869 to 1995, now a State correctional facility
Willard Psychiatric Center, 1869 to 1995, now a State correctional facility
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"When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, an employee discovered a large collection of suitcases in storage in an attic. Many of these pieces of luggage contained the personal belongings of former patients," according to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. "Jon Crispin has completed his project to photograph the suitcases and their contents, which he described in 2016. He will reflect on the experience of this multi-year project and share the photos in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m."

            "The photos offer a window into the lives and personal stories of patients admitted between 1910 and 1960. Learn about the scope and conclusion of the suitcase project and view the stirring photographs in Crispin's lecture, sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

            "The event is FREE and open to the public. It is the second in a series of spring lectures, which is supported by funds provided by Amalgamated Bank, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Public Purpose Fund and New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, with funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development."

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