Woody Gutherie’s Wardy Forty:
Greystone Park State Hospital Revisited – SOLD OUT

Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 pm

On Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 pm, photographer Phil Buehler and Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, Anna Guthrie Canoni, will share stories and photographs from the folk singer’s days at Greystone Park.

Guthrie, who suffered from Huntington’s Disease, a degenerative neurological disorder, was a patient at Greystone from 1956 through 1961. He lived in Ward 40 and referred to it as Wardy Forty. It was here that a young and unknown Bob Dylan met his idol and a musical torch was passed.

Buehler has dedicated much of his life exploring the ruins of 20th Century America. While visiting Greystone, Buehler stumbled upon photographs and negatives of Guthrie as a patient. He reached out to Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, at the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives, and with Guthrie’s case number in hand, Buehler began a 10-year odyssey that resulted in a book, co-authored with Guthrie Canoni: Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty: Greystone State Hospital Revisited.

Buehler and Guthrie Canoni’s presentation will include untold and inspiring stories of Woody’s life at Greystone. Images of the decaying hospital are juxtaposed with Guthrie’s letters, family snapshots, home movies, and recollections of his friends, family, and doctors.

A book signing for Buehler and Guthrie Canoni’s book will follow their presentation.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for MCHS members and children under 12. To make reservations, click the PayPal link to the right, call (973) 267-3465, or email mchsacornhall@gmail.com. Tickets are non-refundable.

Photograph courtesy of Phil Buehler and Anna Guthrie Canoni.

Bus Trip
Bus Trip to Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14

Join Morris County Historical Society as we tour the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia.

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, built between 1858 and 1881, followed the philosophies of Thomas Kirkbride’s ‘Kirkbride Plan.’ Among other things, the Kirkbride Plan argued that patients, living in private rooms, needed access to fresh air and sunlight. Designed by architect Richard Andrews, the Asylum is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America. Originally built to house 250 patients, the Asylum faced similar overcrowding issues as Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. Patient population at Trans-Allegheny peaked at 2,400 patients following World War II.

MCHS is offering a three day, two night trip to Weston, West Virginia to tour the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. The trip will include two tours: the Historic tour, which includes all four floors and the medical center, and the Criminally Insane tour, which tours the facilities for the criminally insane. A Daytime Paranormal Tour is also available, for a small additional fee, for those interested. Note: The Daytime Paranormal Tour is ‘not for the faint of heart.’ For more information on the historic tours, please click here, or the Daytime Paranormal Tour, click here.

Accommodations are at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia and transportation is provided by Panorama Tours. Ticket prices include transportation, two night stay (double occupancy), breakfast both mornings, boxed lunch at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, and tour tickets. For more information about Stonewall Resort and the amenities available, please click here.

Reservations are $500 for MCHS members, and $550 for non-members. The Daytime Paranormal Tour is available for an extra $25. Single occupancy rooms are available for an extra $250. Space is limited.

For more information on the bus trip, please call (973) 267-3465, or email mchsacornhall@gmail.com.

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