the living art of storytelling in Massachusetts
Time: November 5, 2009 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Sherborn Community Center
Street: 3 Sanger Street
City/Town: Sherborn MA
Website or Map: http://www.sherborncommunityc…
Event Type: living, history, program
Organized By: Sherborn Library
Latest Activity: Nov 2, 2009
Libby Franck will portray Dr. Miriam Van Waters, Superintendent of The Framingham Women’s Reformatory from 1932 until 1957. Dr. Van Waters believed her task was to educate inmates (who she called “students”) for life beyond prison walls. During her tenure, most inmates were serving time for prostitution, extramarital sex or alcoholism. Her progressive programs included parenting and literature classes, a prison newspaper, sports, nature exploration and music. Fired in 1949, she successfully defended herself in a series of public hearings that made headlines in Boston newspapers for three months. Her supporters included luminaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Addams, Margaret Mead and Frances Perkins.
Ms. Franck will be joined by former “student” Lydia Anderson , portrayed by singer Deb Rocha. Ms. Rocha will perform songs such as “The Sherborn Women’s Jail” (The institution originally was within Sherborn’s borders.) and “It’s Only a Prison in Old Framingham,” a parody written by one of the women.