Trav­el­ing ex­hibit on Pennhurst com­ing Oct. 6

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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.”

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