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Niantic State Farm for Women
History Project

The East Lyme Public Library will present a series of programs this summer examining the history of the Niantic State Farm for Women.  This project is sponsored in part by a grant from Connecticut Humanities.

Book Discussions:

  • The Farm : Life Inside a Women's Prison by Andi Rierden – Wednesday, 6/20, 7pm
  • Couldn't Keep it to Myself: Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters  by Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution– Monday, 7/23, 7pm
  • The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Wednesday, 8/15, 7pm

Historical photography exhibit – Community Center Lobby, Month of July

Prison History Lecture Program- Paul Harrison, former Correctional Officer, town resident, and unofficial prison historian, will give an illustrated talk on the founding and history of the prison.  Wednesday, 7/18, 7pm and Monday, 8/6, 7pm

Theater Performance - Thursday, 7/19, 7pm (Community Center Activity Room)  The Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc. will perform a theater performance of How It Is.  A powerful mix of narrative, song, and dance performed by members of JDPP’s professional ensemble, How It Is, is an outgrowth of JDPP’s arts residency work at York CI. The work was developed out of narrative written by inmates at York, and humanizes the challenges of incarceration and reentry.

During the month of July, a  historical picture display about the early days of the local prison when it was a farm will be on display in the Community Center Lobby. What do you remember about “The Farm?” Feel free to post your reactions and questions to these pictures and other events below:

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