The Prison Public Memory Project uses history, dialogue, the arts, and technology to build public memory and safe spaces where people from all walks of life can come together to engage in conversation about the complex and contested role of prisons in communities and society. Created in collaboration with Tracy Huling and launched in 2011, the goal of this project is to preserve the histories of these facilities in hopes of helping communities facing closure of their prisons to connect with their pasts in imagining and planning for new futures.



Photo and Story Share about the Women’s House of Refuge in Hudson, NY, Nov. 2012

In collaboration with the Hudson Area Library and WGXC Community Radio


Alison Cornyn – Founder/Director

Tracy Huling – Founder/President


Brian Buckley

Quintin Cross

Kathleen Hulser

Russ Immarigeon

Lisa Lee

Mert Halit Izcan

Tamara Chehayeb Makarem

Suzanne Snider

Beth Thielen

Geoff Ward

Alice Weston


The Prison Public Memory Project Team would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their very special contributions to the initial phase of our work in Hudson, NY:

Mary Allen

Emily Bennison

Nina Bernstein

Judith Brink

Mae Colburn

John Craig

Jack Danger

Karen dePyster

Lisa Durfee

Ruth DuFault

Timothy Dunleavey

Sara Kendall

David Kinlock

Brad McCallum

Reverend Oscar McLaughlin

Rick Reineke

Phyllis Schultze

Peter and Suzanne Tenerowicz

Thomas Tunney

Historic Hudson

Hudson Area Library and its History Room

Hudson Correctional Facility

WGXC Radio


New York History, Editorial Staff, Virtual Center for Prison Memories, August 30, 2012.

The Columbia Paper, Diane Valden: Project preserves prison’s ‘tapestry’, October 5, 2012.

The Gossips of Rivertown, Carole Osterink: The History of Our Prison, August 29, 2012.

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