Friday, May 4, 2018

MCI-Bridgewater: A Troubled Past

Local author, Michael J. Maddigan will be speaking on his recent book “MCI-Bridgewater: A Troubled Past” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Once known as MCI-Bridgewater and earlier as the Massachusetts State Farm, the Bridgewater Correctional Complex opened in 1854. It was one of several progressive charitable institutions the state created as a model for communities around the world. However, deteriorating conditions for its residents shadowed Bridgewater's evolution from an almshouse to a prison and hospital for the criminally insane. A century later, it was among the nation's most notorious asylums.

Historian Michael J. Maddigan offers a riveting examination of this infamous history, including the inspiration for state-sponsored welfare, moral and legal challenges and the experiences of the people who lived and worked there.
Books will be available to purchase and will include a signing.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

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