Traveling exhibit on Pennhurst coming Oct. 6
State Sen. Andy Dinniman’s office will host a traveling exhibit on the story of Pennhurst State School and Hospital on the evening of Friday, Oct. 6.
The exhibit, organized by the PennhurstMemorial and Preservation Alliance, tells the story of Pennhurst State School and Hospital, which opened in 1906 and houses those with mental and physical disabilities before closing in 1987 by federal court order.
The exhibit, which tells the story of Pennhurst in a three-part series detailing life at Pennhurst, the fall of Pennhurst, and the leg- acy of Pennhurst, will be set up outside Dinniman’sWest Chester District Office, located at One North Church Street during West Chester’s First Friday event on October 6.
“What happened at Pennhurst was very real and impacted the lives of thousands of people,” Dinniman said. “It is important that we understand and fully grasp the horrors and tragedies that occurred there as we, as a people, continue to strive to treat every person with dignity and humanity and ensure that those with disabilities get access to proper care, treatment, and medical services and education services.”