Archive for October, 2013

30
Oct
13

Pennhurst State School and Hospital (2 of 2)

This is a follow up to yesterday’s blog post. The following images are only from the Administrative building (which is more difficult to access).

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29
Oct
13

Pennhurst State School and Hospital (1 of 2)

In keeping with the Halloween theme for this time of the year, I thought now would be a good time to post this. During the summer, I had the opportunity to visit Pennhurst State School & Hospital, originally known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic positioned on the border between Chester County and Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. In 1903, the Pennsylvania Legislature authorized the creation of the institution and a commission was organized to take into consideration the number and status of the feeble-minded and epileptic persons in the state and determine a placement for construction to care for these residents. From 1903 to 1908 the first buildings were constructed. On November 23, 1908, “Patient number 1” was admitted to the hospital. Within four years of operation, Pennhurst was already overcrowded. I can only imagine what it must have been like to arrive at this place. I was able to gain access through the efforts of Denise Ippolito, a very talented photographer. Here is a link to her website.

This blog will consist of two posts. The first one is of the general campus and the next one will be the Administrative building.

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21
Oct
13

Saucon Valley Barn Tour

Last month I attended the annual Saucon Valley Barn tour. This is the same organization I did the workshop with in spring. We had fabulous weather and a wonderful time. It is amazing to see some of the eclectic furnishings in some of the converted barns. The one home had huge sampling of Chinese art work (I wasn’t expecting to see that in a converted barn). The same home had a glass piece imbedded into the floor. It caught my eye and I included two images of the piece. When you look at the two images they are one in the same. One shot was taken from the first floor looking down towards the basement and the other taken from the basement looking up. I later learned the glass piece was used in sailing ships in the 1800’s to create light in the ship’s hull.

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01
Oct
13

The 3 Jakes

On September 21st, I saw a friend/business associate perform at Bethlehem’s Godfrey Daniels. His name is Jim Gentile and his group is called The 3 Jakes. They are an eclectic folk rock band and this was there first appearance since 2003. The 3 Jakes last appearance in the U.S. was in 2000, when they opened for Little Feat at Allentown’s Crocodile Rock Café. As you can see they had the place rocking.

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